Chris Polk: 'You can't make the club in the tub'

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Chris Polk: 'You can't make the club in the tub'
June 6, 2013, 1:30 pm

Last season, as fellow rookie running back Bryce Brown was putting together a 347-yard, four-touchdown performance over two games late in the year, Chris Polk was relegated to the sidelines.

Polk, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Washington, made the team as the fourth-string running back but didn't tally a single carry in seven games behind LeSean McCoy, Brown and Dion Lewis before suffering a toe injury and missing the remainder of the season.

"It was real good to see Bryce Brown out there," Polk said. "I would give him pep talks before the game: 'All you gotta do is just run the ball, you'll at least get 150!' That's one of my good friends on the team, we're always together, learning from each other and making each other better.

"That was a good thing to see him out there, and that's more motivation [for me]. I just wish I was out there helping him, man."

Polk was a star in college, rushing for an average of 1,339 yards over his final three seasons, but he went undrafted because of injury concerns. He made the Eagles' roster after a strong training camp and preseason in which he ran for 112 yards on 27 attempts. He appeared in seven games on special teams prior to his injury.

This year, the Eagles' backfield will be just as crowded, with McCoy, Brown and newcomer Felix Jones added to the mix. But in an offense that figures to feature running backs under new head coach Chip Kelly, Polk expects to be a contributor.

"In this kind of offense, you're gonna need multiple backs because we're always consistently on the move, running a lot, running a lot of plays within five minutes," Polk said. "You're gonna need to rotate back, so I'm just ready to get after it and put the pads on and start playing."

As far as how much playing time he gets, at least for now, Polk doesn't care.

"I just want to play, whether that's 10 carries a game, two carries, whatever," Polk said. "I didn't come into this league just to sit down and not do anything, especially being hurt. You can't make the club in the tub."

Polk doesn't plan on being in the tub again this season. He says his body feels good now that he's taking better care of it and eating healthier, too.

He's also looking forward to playing under Kelly, with whom he's familiar from the Pac-12.

"I played against him in college," Polk said of the former Oregon coach. "He doesn't care what your background is. Everyone here is just trying to win so it doesn't matter what you did — it comes down to what you're doing now."

And now, Polk's toe is healthy, he's enjoying minicamp, and he's hoping for a better season for both the team and himself.

"Everything happens for a reason," Polk said. "I see it as a blessing in disguise. Whether I realized it or not, in college my body took a beating. But I was able to rest and recover and see what it takes to become a pro and how to take care of your body and really see how long the season is. It puts everything in perspective."

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