Eagles OTA Storylines: Battle for backup RB

Eagles OTA Storylines: Battle for backup RB

Should the Eagles' offense slow down?

June 9, 2014, 7:00 am
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Chris Polk (left) had just 11 carries as the Birds' third-stringer last year, but Darren Sproles averaged just 3.5 yards per carry for the Saints. (AP)

Developing storylines for the third and fourth open OTA practices, on Monday and Tuesday:

LeSean’s backups
Who’s the primary ball carrier behind LeSean McCoy, the self-proclaimed NFL’s best running back?

Chris Polk would seemingly be the guy, with Bryce Brown now in Buffalo, but Polk has never started a game and has just 11 career carries. Darren Sproles has more than 430 career carries but his yards-per-rush average has steadily dropped in each of his past two seasons and he might be more impactful as a pass catcher than runner.

This is a big spring and summer for Polk to show he deserves more carries and can handle the No. 2 job.

More from Momah
To the observer, 6-foot-7 wideout Ifeanyi Momah looked smoother out of his breaks and more polished than he did at this time last year, when he was a rookie free agent who hadn’t played in more than a year thanks to an ACL tear that prematurely ended his senior year at Boston College.

Momah, who didn’t make the team and didn’t get signed by anyone, hopes to prove he can legitimately compete this summer for a roster spot (or practice squad spot). Last week, he logged most of his snaps on the second-team offense.

Henery vs. Murderleg
The Carey Spear bandwagon came to a screeching halt last Monday when he pull-hooked an easy field goal attempt wide left in 11-on-11s. Suddenly, the excitement surrounding “Murderleg” was a little tempered. Spear was brought in to for the starting job but he’ll need to be consistent if he has any chance of unseating Alex Henery.

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