Yesterday, Adam Caplan broke the news that the Eagles are in on Carlos Hyde in their pursuit to add a veteran running back to their backfield. Mike Garafolo hopped on NFL Network last night and piggy-backed of his “buddy” Caplan’s running back rumor and extended the search for backfield help by a few names.
“I look at Devonta Freeman still out there. Devonta Freeman still out there. Lesean McCoy still out there. And speaking of McCoy the former Eagle, I mentioned he was a possibility, perhaps to go back to Philly. And that could still be the case because I do believe the Eagles are going to add a veteran running back here in the near future. My buddy Adam Caplan…he mention Hyde specifically. And yeah they were in on Hyde. They were in on Freeman as well! We’ll see what happens here with Freeman in the near future. But, I would look for the Eagles to add a veteran running back, someone that’s willing to get behind Miles Sanders and understand that he is the #2 back there.”
Running back is a position where they have considerable depth but also seem lacking at the same time, it is quite interesting that is happening simultaneously. They signed Adrian Killins and Michael Warren as undrafted free agents. They also brought back former undrafted free agent, Corey Clement. All have potential, but all are unknowns. Boston Scott has assumed the role of RB3 scout pack that was left unoccupied when Darrne Sproles retired. Scott is perfect for the role: he helps in punt returns, he catches passes out of the backfield, he is a little burst of energy and we love him.
But what the Eagles are sorely lacking is a guy who can take over in an RB1 role if Miles Sanders were to miss significant time, or even need a spell during a game. They need a back that you would be comfortable in taking 12-14 carries a game, if he HAD to. The name I have mentioned in every single free agency blog is Devonta Freeman. It would be nice to have a back with pass-catching abilities given how screen heavy the Eagles offense is. Although, Legarette Blount certainly made it work. The key with Freeman will be his health, if they don’t go that route I will assume they know something about his knees that I don’t.
As for Lesean McCoy, I love him dearly, I will cherish the times we shared together. But the sand is running down in the hour glass. As a healthy scratch in the Super Bowl, what really is left in the tank?
Hyde seems to be the safest route. Freeman seems to be the most fun, but most risky. And McCoy seems to be the one if you want to reminisce about the good ol’ days. We will see which the Eagles front office deems most fit to back up Sanders.