STAY OR GO: The Running Backs

The running back position for the Eagles is an interesting one. The Eagles have a definitive number one running back who is untouchable, but outside of that, the rest of the running backs on the roster are vulnerable. I take a look at what they should do with all seven of them.


Miles Sanders


Sanders is an easy one to decide. He has shown constant growth since his rookie year, and when becoming the lead running back this season, he took it and ran. Away from the injuries, he was one of the only consistent performers on the team, but the refusal to run the ball hurt his impact in some games. However, career highs in rushing yards (867) and touchdowns (six) in four fewer games than his rookie year is a very positive sign for the Eagles. It is also good to mention he had three runs of 70 yards or more on the season, which is an incredible stat.

Verdict: STAY. Frankly, Sanders is untouchable. He is the number one guy at the position and should be one of the focal points in this complete rebuild of the organisation. Heading into the third year of his four-year contract, an extension could be looming before the market at the position continues to rise. However, his impact in the receiving game dwindled, and it is something he needs drastically improve.


Boston Scott


After his heroics at the end of the 2019 season, Scott more than deserved his place on the 2020 roster. Sadly, he did not have the same impact on the offense and his playing time decreased significantly. Scott did make some great plays during the season though. His incredible game-winning touchdown in the final seconds of the surprise win over the New York Giants comes to mind.

Verdict: STAY. Scott could become the new Darren Sproles of the team. He has the stature and the ability to do it. He is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but I can see the Eagles bringing him back. Scott is a good player. However, as he showed in Sanders' absence, he could not be depended on to carry the load. He should stay as RB3, behind a drafted running back or someone they acquire in the offseason. His kick return abilities play in his favour.


Corey Clement


There was no greater unsung hero during that 2017 Super Bowl run than Clement. He was awesome. Nobody predicted that he would play like he did, especially being an undrafted free agent. His performance in the Super Bowl will go down in history as one of the most impressive for an undrafted rookie. However, he has suffered a string of injuries since then and has barely seen the field.

Verdict: GO. As awesome as Clement was during 2017, it appears the Eagles are clinging to the hope he will be able to replicate that on a cheap contract as the third choice running back. It is time to let go and move on. We will be forever thankful for your involvement in the Super Bowl run Corey.


Jason Huntley


Huntley was a fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2020 draft but was picked off waivers by the Eagles. I do not remember seeing him on the field often. He had five carries on the season


Verdict: STAY. Huntley is a difficult one to decide. He had good pre-draft hype as a later round back that could have an imp