Eagles RB Chris Polk’s strong second season has him thinking even better things are in store for year three.
"I definitely have a lot more confidence because reality is the best teacher," Polk explained. "Getting in the game, getting a feel for it, getting tackled, getting adjusted to the game speed - that helps. Last year, I felt like I was walking on egg shells because I didn’t have a lot of experience. I was out there just wide-eyed, but now the game is starting to slow down for me. I’m learning a lot from Darren and Shady to take my game to the next level."
What makes Polk’s 2013 campaign even more impressive is that he did most of his damage while dealing with a shoulder injury. Now fully healthy, Polk hopes to put any concerns about injuries behind him and play to his fullest in his third season in Philadelphia.
"I dislocated (my shoulder) in the Tampa Bay game and I had to wear the two straps, so I was kind of constricted," Polk explained. "I could only go so far when I was running, and it’s kind of hard to run without your arm, but now they’re free and I’m really looking forward to this year.
"He (was productive last season) and he's really had a great offseason," head coach Chip Kelly explained. "He worked extremely hard rehabbing his shoulders, but he was one of our key special teams players for us and you look at from probably the Detroit game on, he had a couple really big runs in that game and started to develop as a back, and (we’re) just trying to figure it out again where he fits in that piece. Obviously we have a talented one in (McCoy), and then when you add Sproles to the mix, where does Chris fit into it? But I think in terms what has he done in the offseason, I think he's really put himself in the picture."