Have the Eagles found their featured running back of the future?
The Eagles finally unleased Josh Adams Sunday against the Giants and he did not disappoint. The Notre Dame alum had 22 carries for 84 yards along with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Adams day could have been even bigger, however, a Jason Kelce holding call wiped out a what would have been a 52-yard touchdown. As a result, Doug Pederson has said he wants to continue to increase Adams touches moving forward. Adams at least for the rest of this season looks to be the Eagles featured running back.
Eagles run game has life
In previous weeks the Eagles have been using a three-back rotation. Against the Saints, the run game didn’t stand a chance as the game got out of hand quickly. However, against the Giants, the Eagles decided to use just two running backs and the results were effective. In addition to Adams Corey Clement finally looked like his former self.
Josh Adams and the OL taking this game over on the ground, 9 carries for 60 yards over the last 2 drives for Adams pic.twitter.com/g2uFmNmIzy
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) November 25, 2018
The former Wisconsin Badger carried the ball five times for 45 yards and added 31 yards on two catches and also added a two-point conversion.
Thunder and Lightning
Can Adams be the featured running back of the future? The simple answer is absolutely. Against the Saints, Adams was the lone bright spot busting loose for a 28-yard touchdown. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry that game as well. If Adams can handle 20-25 touches per game and Clement another 10-15 all of a sudden this team finally has some balance. Carson Wentz only had to throw the ball 28 times on Sunday which was a season low.
👍 Eagles RB Josh Adams – career HIGH 22 carries & 88 rushing yards – MOST by an Eagles rookie in 6 years!!!
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) November 26, 2018
Furthermore, as we approach the playoffs developing a run game will be critical. On the Season the Pennsylvania native is averaging 5.2 yards per carry.
Get Adams the Ball
Next up for the Eagles is a Monday night showdown with the Redskins. An Eagles win and a Cowboys loss on Thursday to the Saints and the Eagles will be tied for first place. The Redskins are coming off a Thanksgiving day loss in which Ezekiel Elliott gashed them for 121 yards and a touchdown. If Adams can turn in another strong performance this week and to close out the season he could be the answer.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) November 28, 2018
While Adams isn’t the receiving threat if Clement can elevate his game the Birds could have a dangerous duo behind a very good offensive line. Adams will look to make it three straight games with a touchdown against the Redskins.
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