Doug Pederson Says Free Agent Running Back “Slipped Through Our Fingers”

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It had to be Carlos Hyde:

“Outbid” is probably the better term to use, since Hyde signed for the Seahawks on a one-year deal worth up to four million dollars (after Devonta Freeman reportedly turned the same deal down). The Eagles weren’t going to pay that kind of money to a guy who would be getting fewer snaps than Miles Sanders.

Doug does admit here that they’re looking to bring in a veteran to round out the running back room, which might suggest that RB by committee is still a thing in South Philadelphia. Sanders ran the ball 179 times last year over the course of 16 games, while Jordan Howard finished with 119 in ten games. Howard did, however, see an increased workload pre-stinger while Sanders also caught 50 balls out of the backfield. Boston Scott saw action in 11 games and Darren Sproles played a small role before his injury.

Here’s the Birds’ 2019 rushing and receiving stats from Pro Football Reference, if you want to take a look:

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5 Responses

  1. It’s ok, Doug is “excited” about Alshon’s progress. If he stinks again and DJax gets hurt again, Howie has Jordan Matthews’ phone number. Did I really need to put “If” in the previous sentence?

  2. Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, or Lamar Miller…all seem to fit the Howie retread mold. Or there’s always the ex Eagle pipeline – Smallwood and Shady are still out there

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