The Philadelphia Eagles will start minicamp in the middle of May. This will give everyone a first look at some rookies and other new players. There are a lot of interesting things to keep an eye as the offseason unfolds.
As a fan, one of the interesting positions involves running back. We all know that LeSean McCoy is the man in Philadelphia. However, the Eagles need a capable backup. Seventh-round pick Bryce Brown and undrafted free agent Chris Polk both have the potential to be great players in this offense. It is critical for at least one of them to step up and take on a substantial role with the team.
Here are a few reasons why the Eagles need one of these two to come through in 2012:
Give McCoy Rest
As great as McCoy is, the Eagles don't want him to be the sole runner in this offense. His touches increased significantly in 2011. I love when he gets the ball, but the Eagles have to control that a little better. No one wants to see fatigue set in with McCoy, and we all know what happens to running backs when they are driven into the ground. If Brown or Polk can emerge, they should be able to ensure that McCoy isn't used more than he should be.
Less pressure on Michael Vick
If Vick is going to have any chance of starting every game in 2012, he can't assume the role of a running back. It is clear to me that Vick still feels like he has to use his legs to make plays happen. Another skill player in the backfield might change his mentality. The Eagles aren't going to win if Vick tries to run the ball too much. Hopefully, one of the rookies will make it easier for him to stay in the pocket.
Another playmaker on the offense
There is nothing wrong with having another playmaker on the offense. Philadelphia has the potential to put a ton of points on the board with all of the players it has. Brown is an explosive running back, and Polk knows how to pound the football. Either one of them would be a great asset to the offense. If the Eagles have a set with McCoy, Brown, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin on the field at the same time, opposing defenses won't know what to do.* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Eagles fan.