Is Jacobs the Eagles solution at running back?
Well, here we are again. The Eagles and the question of whether or not they will select a running back in the first round. This hasn’t happened since 1986. Yes, 33 years since the team selected Keith Byars 10th overall. The Eagles passed on Le’Veon Bell and Tevin Coleman. They could still trade for Jordan Howard but that hasn’t happened yet. Therefore, with that said is Josh Jacobs the Eagles future solution?
Now Jacobs has fresh legs. He was never the lead back at Alabama as he split time with Damien Harris. In three seasons he had just 251 carries. However, last year he had career highs in carries, yards, and touchdowns with 120 carries for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jacobs also added 20 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns last year. Now playing the most physically taxing position in the game it helps to be fresh. Having not taken that full workhorse role yet helps especially in the SEC. Furthermore, in 2018 he won MVP of the 2018 SEC Championship game.
Eagles future lead back ?
Now reportedly the Eagles are in love with the Oklahoma native and with good reason. They have a complete roster and as a result,
At Alabama’s pro day the Eagles were in attendance and Jacobs met the hype. He ran a 4.6 40, displayed a 9’4 broad jump. Furthermore, the team met with Jacobs at the Combine.
Is Jacobs worth it?
Normally I’m not a fan of drafting a running back in the first round. However, in this situation, I’m 100% for it. The Eagles have had a great free agency. Bringing back Desean Jackson, signing Malik Jackson and bringing back Ronald Darby. As a result, the only real weaknesses now on the roster are Linebacker and Running Back.
With the way things are set up, I say go for it Howie draft a running back at 25. Trade up if you have to. Jacobs has elite vision and patience while he isn’t a burner he is a three-down back that will get the job done. Furthermore, Jacobs checks off all the boxes and with him leading the backfield the Eagles offense would soar to new heights in the 2019-2020 season.
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