The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles season will forever go down as the year of the practice squad players – as the Eagles continued to be plagued by injuries, they were left with no option but to have practice squad players take on the roles of starters.

The result was one of the most incredible team efforts in Eagles’ history en route to running the table and clinching the NFC East. Between weeks 14-17, practice squad players combined for 705 yards (rushing and receiving), all of which were key in 4 straight victories.

Perhaps the best of that bunch though, Boston Scott, joined Matt Lupi for a discussion about his stellar performance last year and his plans for the upcoming year.


Listen to the interview, below.


Q: Just last summer you were fighting for a roster spot. This year, you’re set to lead the backfield with Miles Sanders. How does it feel knowing that one year later, you’re a big part of this offense?

A: “I think it’s definitely a blessing to get out there and show them what I can do, but I also know the nature of the league. It’s to find the best position, to find the best players, so I know that while I was able to have some success, I know that going into this next year, you always gotta earn your role.”


Philadelphia Eagles hold OTAs, May 28, 2019
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Q: After being signed, you were immediately compared to Darren Sproles due to your size and playing style. Is Darren someone you’ve always looked up to?

A: “I was actually a Saints fan growing up, so when he came into town in 2011, he had a big impact on my career. At the time I was in high school and I didn’t have any offers, so I was feeling pretty down, but seeing him come in, and help the Saints go to the divisional round against the 49ers that year, and what he’s been able to do for the last 15 years, it definitely inspires guys who look like me.”


Q: What was your favorite memory of last season?

A: “Just, in general, the tenacity of the team. Usually, you’ll see one guy from the practice squad get promoted to the active roster and make a play here or there, but we had multiple guys who got promoted and had big-time plays in clutch situations. To have as many guys as we did come up and contribute, it was really special to see.”


Boston Scott is Eagles’ unheralded hero in 23-17 overtime win over Giants | Jeff McLane
Image: Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer

Q: You had some incredible dance moves against the Giants. Where do you get your dancing skills from?

A: “It’s something that I messed around with in high school, middle school. In 6th grade, I didn’t make the team, and ever since I was a young kid, my parents made it a point to make sure I was learning as much as I can, you know, just don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. If you’re in, give it all you got, but don’t limit yourself to just one thing. So I’m always looking to learn as much as I can, so I play instruments, I mess around with dancing.”


With the division on the line, the Eagles found another gear in the 4th quarter to crush the Cowboys' playoff hopes. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Q: What went through your mind when you did that long dramatic spin move?

A: “So usually whenever you’re running full speed and you make that juke move, I didn’t feel like it was at enough of an angle to throw the safety off, so I was expecting the safety to drive on me. So the reason why the spin looked like it did was that I had the ball in my right arm, and I was going to spin to my right and use my left hand to stiff-arm the safety because I was expecting him to drive on me.”


Q: What’s it like playing with Carson Wentz and what kind of impact does he have on the locker room?

A: “He’s a great leader, he’s dedicated, hardworking, before every practice, he’s the first one in the weight room, getting ready, making sure that his body’s right. Just a guy that’s a true pro in the way that he focuses on details, and the way guys rally around him, he’s a true leader.”


Q: We’ve got some quick-fire questions for you. Who’s your favorite football player of all time?

A: “Barry Sanders.”


Q: Favorite music artist right now?

A: “I think Chance the Rapper, I really appreciate what he does for the community of Chicago, he does a lot, so I’ve always had an appreciation for him and what he does.”


Q: Favorite cheesesteak spot in Philly?

A: “They’re all really good, it’s hard to pick just one.”


Q: If you weren’t an NFL player, what would you be doing?

A: “I would probably be trying to pursue a physical therapy degree.”


Q: Would you say you’re the best dancer on the team?

A: “No doubt.”


Q: Jason Kelce just announced his retirement from arm wrestling. You’re a former state power-lifting champion. if you could get Jason to come out of retirement, could you take him on in an arm-wrestling contest?

A: “I’ve never seen someone move so athletic who’s so big, I think he’s got this one.”


Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in your entire NFL journey?

A: “No matter what happens to you, never let anybody or any circumstance steal your joy. That came from D Sproles.”


Even in his success, Boston has never lost his hunger to continue to build upon what he’s already accomplished.

From the Canadian Football League to the practice squad, and now a key piece of the Philadelphia Eagles, Boston has one of the greatest rags to riches stories in Eagles’ history.


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While Darren Sproles unfortunately retired last year, Boston could very well be the successor of Sproles’ role, as we saw him have the same speed and elusiveness that Sproles once had.

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