After bringing in LeGarrette Blount over the offseason, the Eagles’ backfield has seemingly become more and more puzzling. Blount was supposed to have been the team’s clear lead back, especially after dominating last season. However, due to unclear reasons, Blount has yet to claim that role in Philadelphia.
Darren Sproles had a decent start to the season but went down with a double injury, tearing his ACL and breaking his arm. With him out for the season, Blount and Wendell Smallwood should see a increase in touches. Most feel that Smallwood will benefit most from the injury, getting more opportunity in the passing game.
After three weeks, Blount has out-touched Smallwood by 14 touches (27 to 13). Blount also has scored 2 TDs this season, where as the remaining Eagles backfield has only combined to find the end zone once.
It is reasonable to expect more usage out of Smallwood, he is the leaner and faster option out of the two. However, the Eagles also have Corey Clement in their backfield. Clement found himself carrying the ball 6 times last game, racking up 22 yards and a score. These three will likely be in a battle for touches until one separates himself.
Also, keep in mind the Eagles decided to sign running back Kenjon Barner to a one-year deal on Tuesday. He won’t see much playing time out of the gate, but keeps tabs on his progress.
For now, Blount is believed to continue receiving the majority of the touches, as well as goal-line duty. The Eagles have been moving the ball well, so Blount’s stock could be on the rise. Smallwood should be owned in all leagues, and he will be worth a flex start once we hit the heavy bye weeks. I’d consider him as useful as Sproles was pre-injury. He is always a threat to make a big play. As for Clement and Barner, it is a good idea to pay attention to their playing time, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to own either of them at this time.