For the past couple of seasons the question of how would the Eagles fix their running game has ruled the offseason. However this year things are different. The Eagles acquired Jordan Howard for a sixth-round pick. A former Pro Bowler Howard is poised to be the Eagles lead back. However, it would be nice to now team him with a change of pace back. Enter dynamic Stanford running back Bryce Love.
Dynamic Stanford running back
Love spent four seasons on the Farm. He finished his career with 3,865 yards on 569 carries and 30 touchdowns. His most dominant season came in 2017 when we ran for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns and finished second in the Heisman race.
His decorated 2017 season won him numerous awards. He was named Pac-12 Offensive player of the year, Won the Doak Walker award which is awarded to the Nations best running back. The Lombardi award awarded to the nations best player. Furthermore, Love was named First-team All Pac-12. This season alone is a glimpse into just how good Love can be. While his other three years may not be as impressive a 100% healthy Love is as dangerous as any running back in America.
Injuries take a toll
Outside of the 2017 season Love never went over 783 yards in a season. Now some of that is attributed to playing along with Christian McCaffrey for two years. Another part of that is due to injury. A tough player Love tried to gut it out last season but ultimately tore his ACL in the teams’ regular-season finale. Love was invited to the Senior Bowl however he declined the invitation to get healthy. At the NFL combine the Eagles were on of the team’s Love met with.
For the first time in a while, the Eagles will not need to consider drafting a running back early. Love has shown the ability to handle a workhorse load but he will benefit more from a rotation. With Howard controlling the early downs Love can come in and be the change of pace back similar to how Darren Sproles has been. It will also keep the 5’10 back fresh.
I’m not saying love is Sproles but he has track star speed and he has been compared to Dion Lewis. Love should be available in the mid rounds and could be a nice value pick once the Birds reach round five or six.
Running back situation
Who would you like to see the Eagles add at running back? There is still a lot of hype surrounding Josh Jacobs and questions of whether or not he will be the pick. However, whoever the Eagles go with
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