The Eagles did not get Tevin Coleman.
He went to San Francisco on a two-year deal worth $10 million, which is somewhat strange to me, because I felt like he could have earned more years and more money from somebody else.
But whatever. He’s off the board. Le’Veon Bell is off the board, as is Mark Ingram, while Jay Ajayi reportedly takes a trip to Indianapolis. Latavius Murray is a Saint.
So who’s left?
There are a couple of decent guys still available, though I wouldn’t describe the market as “robust.”
25 years old, he’s coming off a season where he ran the ball 104 times for 414 yards while catching a 55 passes for 487 yards and 4 touchdowns. The rushing numbers weren’t impressive, but those receiving stats were all career highs.
He’s a decent player, he’s still young, and he’s not going to cost too much. You can do worse than taking a look at Yeldon if you’re committed to adding a complementary piece in the draft, then letting Wendell Smallwood or Josh Adams fill out your stable as the third guy. The Eagles’ offense is predicated on passing, and that’s where most of their money is tied up. They historically have not spent much on the running back position.
Hamstring injuries last year limited the 27 year old to 51 carries. He also missed the entirety of 2017.
But if you can reprise a 2016 in which he ran the ball 214 times for 921 yards and 6 touchdowns, maybe it’s worth a flier here. He’s also a good pass catcher and averages 11.5 yards per reception over the course of his career.
Waived by the Ravens two weeks ago after crashing his car into a tree.
Collins has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and having a handgun in a vehicle. He was released on $7,500 posted bond following an initial bail hearing shortly after midnight Saturday morning.
Bummer, since Collins made a name for himself in inspirational fashion, first getting waived by Seattle, going unclaimed, then signing with the Baltimore practice squad a few days later. He went on to run for 973 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He’s a good player, and I wonder how much the red flags are keeping teams away. If you do your due diligence here, or wait out the legal process and see what happens, he might be an option.
Had a nice late-season resurgence after being signed by the Rams off waivers, appearing in two regular season and five playoff games and running the ball for nearly 500 yards on 89 carries.
Anderson had a 1,000 yard rushing season with the Broncos in 2017, which really is not long ago.
The trade route
With Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb in the fold, Johnson is likely surplus in Cleveland.
He has a base salary of $1.8 million that becomes guaranteed this weekend, and I think you only go with Johnson if you’re committed to the “running back by committee” idea that the Eagles have used in recent years.
Johnson has only run the ball 299 times in four NFL seasons while catching 235 passes. He’s a change of pace guy and excellent receiver out of the backfield, a third-down back in the Eagles’ system.
Looks like he’s being squeezed out in Chicago after the Mike Davis signing. I could see Howard being traded on draft day.
Howard is a solid downhill runner, just 24 years old with a Pro Bowl under his belt. He had a “down” year in 2018, rushing for sub-1000 yards for the first time in his career, but if the price is right, you’d be getting a guy on the last year of his rookie deal who hits the salary cap at a very manageable level.
The Niners just added Coleman and they return Jerick McKinnon from an ACL tear. Matt Breida earns next to nothing and might be available on the cheap if San Fran is looking to unload him. I’m not sure there are enough touches to go around for all three of Coleman, McKinnon, and Breida.
This seems the most likely route. I highly doubt the Eagles will use the 25th pick on a running back, and they shouldn’t, since this is a deep defensive line draft and the Birds love their defensive linemen.
Some of the guys under consideration:
No-nonsense tackle-breaker from Iowa State. I profiled him a few weeks back.
Probably won’t be available in the 2nd round. He’s gonna go in the 1st or early second, so if the Eagles want him, they’d have to burn the 25th pick. He’s projected to be the first runner off the board.
Guy is a violent ball carrier and good pass catcher. 120 carries, 640 yards, and 11 touchdowns last season as a junior, plus 20 catches for 247 and three scores.
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Harris also comes to the NFL via Bama, but most mocks have him somewhere in the 30-45 range.
He’s a north/south runner without breakaway speed, but he’ll break tackles and dish out punishment at the point of contact. Good between the tackles kind of guy who put up these stats at Alabama:
He’s the Florida Atlantic kid, 5’9″, 200 pounds, more of a finesse runner than the Alabama guys but a really intriguing prospect. I’ve read a lot of draft profiles that describe his best trait as his elusiveness while also explaining that he didn’t do a ton of pass catching at the college level.
He ran for almost 1,400 yards last year and compiled 69 of those yards at Oklahoma, which was, by far, FAU’s toughest opponent of the year:
There are some later-round prospects as well, and you’ve Miles Sanders from Penn State hovering in this area as well. I think we’ll break those out and do individual profiles as we get closer to the draft.