The Philadelphia Eagles and GM Howie Roseman are underway with one of the most important offseasons in recent years, and will be faced with many tough roster decisions as they try to overhaul a roster that is severely over the cap. 

One smart addition to the roster would be 24 year old running back Marlon Mack, a former 1,000 yard rusher coming off a season ending achilles injury that he suffered in the Indianapolis Colts’ 2020 season opener.

Mack broke out in 2019, rushing for a 1,091 yards on 247 rushes. While Mack didn’t eclipse the 1,000 yard mark, the year prior showed flashes of great potential when Mack rushed for only 195 carries but earned 908 yards. Overall, Mack scored two rushing touchdowns with the Colts and also caught two passes for touchdowns.

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Mack seems to be the odd man out in the Colts’ runningback group, with Jonathan Taylor showing tons of promise in his rookie season and Nyheim Hines proving to be an effective third-down option. Mack’s contract expired with the Colts at the end of the 2020 season, and it seems Chris Ballard seems much more interested in trading for former Eagles QB Carson Wentz than resigning the young running back.

Though Mack has an impressive resume, the Colts are likely allowing him to explore the open market due to the lack of value on the running back position in the current NFL. This depreciation of the running back position combined with the injury Mack sustained last season will likely harm his market once free agency starts, and this provides the opportunity for the Eagles to sign the talented back.

Miles Sanders is the clear cut #1 running back on the depth chart heading into next season, with Boston Scott right behind him. Behind these two, there’s a lot left to be desired. 

Corey Clement is an unrestricted free agent and likely won’t be a priority of Howie Rosemans’s after Clement has only disappointed since his breakout year in 2017. Jordan Howard has been signed and released by the Eagles a few times, and in his return stint with the Eagles last season Howard did nothing to earn a spot moving forward. 

The Eagles also have a duo of unknown running backs currently with the team in Jason Huntley and Elijah Holyfield. While both are relatively unproved, their skill sets leave much to be desired and their chances of being on the Eagles running back depth chart are low, but both running backs are candidates for joining next season’s practice squad.

Marlon Mack could come in and provide some much needed talent behind Sanders at the running back position, and is a high reward signing if he can return to his pre-injury self. The Eagles rested Miles Sanders frequently last season, likely hoping to preserve his legs for more competitive years and they could do the same if this season goes south by backing him up with a talented player like Mack.

Mack has experience under not only new head coach Nick Sirianni, but also spent time under new running backs coach Jemal Singleton. Mack was drafted in 2017 and spent his rookie season for the Colts under Jemal Singleton who was the Colts running backs coach that year, and when Singleton departed in 2018 new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni began his role as Offensive Coordinator for the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) runs past Jacksonville Jaguars’ D.J. Hayden (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Coming off a season ending achilles injury and seemingly the odd man out in Indy, the Eagles should make a push to add Marlon Mack to their running backs group on a prove-it deal, giving Mack an opportunity to prove his worth and raise his value this season.

A former thousand yard rusher, Mack would thrive with the Eagles under two of his former coaches in head coach Nick Sirianni and running backs coach Jemal Singleton. If the Eagles sign the high upside back to play alongside Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, Howie Roseman could form a formidable trio in the backfield.

 

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