Since Doug Pederson took over in 2016, the Eagles have taken a “committee” approach at the Halfback position.
Regardless of it being Darren Sproles, Ryan Matthews, Legarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Jay Ajayi, Josh Adams, or Jordan Howard, Philly has seen its fair share of backs throughout the past four seasons.

With Miles Sanders seeming to separate himself as the “lead back” heading into 2020, Boston Scott expects to smoothly transition into Sproles spot for third-down situations.

The Birds plan to continue rolling with the RB by committee comradery this 2020 season, and we will take a look at 3 options the team can add to the rotation.

Melvin Gordon

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After the Los Angeles Chargers inked Austin Ekeler to a Four-Year $24 Million deal, all indications lead the 2x Pro Bowl RB to be leaving town.

Last year, Melvin Gordon and the Eagles were linked after rumors emerged of a potential trade while Gordon was holding out from Chargers camp prior to the beginning of the season. After missing the first five games of 2019, Gordon rushed for 612 yards and 8 TDs. His 3.8 yards per carry turned out to be the lowest if his career. Gordon also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, a tool that is essential in the Eagles adaptation of the West Coast Offense. “The Flash”  was able to bring in 42 passes, nearly eclipsing 300 yards (296).

A disappointing 2019 should allow Gordon’s market to be much more affordable than what it was thought to be. Gordon has also spent time splitting carries with the aforementioned Ekeler, so he is used to the committee approach. With Sanders being a bit banged up throughout last year, Gordon gives the Eagles an exceptional insurance policy as an elusive back who can do it all. A two year $15 million deal should get it done for Gordon as he resets his market for a future pay-day.

Jordan Howard

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Bringing Jordan Howard back might not be a bad idea for the Birds.

Before a Week 9 “stinger” injury that would sideline Howard for the remainder of the year, “The Bulldozer” led the Eagles in rushing attempts (119), yards (525), and TD’s (6) respectively. His 4.4 yards a carry also led the team at the time. Howard also hauled in a TD catch earlier in the year, adding to his production in 2019.

Howard’s injury hurt his future Free Agency stock, so bringing him back on a one-two year deal with money upfront could help him out before cashing out on a longer-term deal. Howard’s style as a downhill runner perfectly complements the shiftiness Sanders and Scott bring to the field. With a year as an Eagle already under his belt, re-signing the 25-year-old RB makes sense if Howie Roseman can get a deal done.

LeSean McCoy

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Wouldn’t this be interesting?

After a one-year reunion with Andy Reid, McCoy will not return to the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs next season. Despite having a history in Reid’s system, McCoy only the eclipsed 10 carries five times during the Chiefs’ eighteen game season. McCoy produced his lowest totals in totes (101), and yards (465) during his 11th season.

McCoy even came out himself and says “I want to retire an Eagle”. This signing makes sense for both sides. Adding a veteran to the RB rotation can help a young Miles Sanders learn, and who better to teach the second-year man than the Eagles all-time rushing leader. McCoy was able to take a big jump from his rookie to sophomore season between 2009-2010. Many say Sanders’ game is comparable to McCoy’s as they both have the ability to run and catch the ball. A reunion would certainly make Shady happy to end his career in Philly, and also gives him a chance to show fans what he has left in the tank.

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Although Running Back is certainly not a pressing need, a third option is essential in an Eagles backfield. Speed is an area the Eagles need to improve in, and these backs certainly possess that talent. Drafting a back during the mid-rounds may prove to be another scenario for the Eagles to embark during the 2020 Draft.

Adding young weapons around Wentz is key for this offense moving forward, adding a plethora of speed should satisfy not only the coaching staff but fans as well.

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