The Philadelphia Eagles selected Dion Lewis the, hard nosed rusher from Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, and the Eagles now have a total of five running backs on the roster, which means that someone will end up being cut.
The current roster has five running backs, LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Jerome Harrison, Eldra Buckley, and Stanley Havili. It’s clear that Philadelphia doesn’t have room for five different runners, but they all posses different skill sets that could help the Eagles in the long-term. Depending on how the Eagles offensive playbook looks once the season starts, Philadelphia could look into more specific situation rushers.
There are really two running backs that are indefinetly safe, McCoy and Lewis. McCoy is clearly the best rusher on the team and easily one of the most promising young running backs in the NFL, and there is no way he is going anywhere. On the other hand, the latter Pittsburgh rusher was taken in the draft to reunite old teammates and create that wicked two-punch combo of speed and then power.
This is a nearly perfect situation for McCoy and Lewis, as they have both played together in the past, and will fit perfectly into the Eagles offensive scheme. These two rushers will likely fill the one and two spots on the roster, leaving one more back to fill in as a late-game runner. Of the players left on the roster, Buckley, Harrison, and Havili, the most likely bet seems to be Harrison coming off of the bench.
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