Chris Polk, RB Philadelphia Eagles

Rankings

PHI Depth Chart
2014 Strength of Schedule - PHI
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
23
JAX
13
@IND
29
WAS
12
@SF
28
STL
9
NYG
BYE1
@ARI
18
@HOU
3
CAR
27
@GB
31
TEN
32
@DAL
6
SEA
32
DAL
29
@WAS
9
@NYG

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2013 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1WAS------------
2SD------------
3KC------------
4DEN3331011.00219029.506/718%
5NYG23001.500000-3/814%
6TB------------
7DAL------------
8NYG0000-0000-0/610%
9OAK0000-0000-2/593%
10GB------------
11WAS0000-0000-1/662%
12BYE------------
13ARI0000-0000-2/783%
14DET4501012.500000-9/7512%
15MIN0000-0001-9/6913%
16CHI212106.0018018.009/6414%
17DAL0000-1340134.005/677%
Totals1198308.914610515.2546/6917%

Most Recent News

Eagles: Darren Sproles next in line behind LeSean McCoy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:04pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

In the event that McCoy misses time when the games start to count – if someone else is pressed into carrying the ball – the Eagles have indicated that Darren Sproles will be the next guy in line.

That runs counter to the popular narrative that emerged when the Eagles acquired the shifty running back from the Saints for a fifth-round pick during the offseason. In his eight-year career, Sproles has been mostly known as a receiving threat out of the backfield. During five years in San Diego and three more in New Orleans, Sproles never carried the ball more than 93 times in a single season. His highest rushing total was 603 yards with the Saints in 2011.

In fairness, he was mostly a backup with the Chargers, and he was employed primarily as a pass catcher with the Saints. Since 2009, Sproles has had at least 45 receptions each year. His receiving numbers spiked with New Orleans, where he hauled in 188 passes over the last three years.

While the Eagles expect him to be a good receiver in the offense, Chip Kelly insisted that Sproles is a running back first and capable of carrying the ball when needed. Pat Shurmur echoed that sentiment this week before practice at the NovaCareComplex

“We’ve said it all along. Darren can play running back on first, second and third down,” the offensive coordinator said. “We always try to use our players in a way where we maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses, no matter what the situation.”

Fantasy Impact:
If there’s a concern about Sproles carrying the ball, it’s what kind of impact the increased workload might have on his body, the story said. He’s been a pretty durable player in his career, missing a total of just six games in eight years. This very well may have everything to do with Chris Polk struggling to get on the field and still not being 100-percent. It would make much more sense to keep Sproles in his receiving role and use another back like Polk - ideally - on early downs should McCoy ever miss time.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
In limited time last season Chris Polk showed flashes. It was enough that he passed Bryce Brown on the depth chart and the team eventually traded Brown in the offseason. The thought is Polk would be a guy to get a bulk of the carries should LeSean McCoy go down.

Fantasy Downside
Polk has been diagnosed with a grade 2 partial tear of his hamstring so his status is in doubt. Some of the Eagles backups like Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker have stood out with Polk missing time and the Birds just traded for Carolina's Kenjon Barner, so they could be preparing for life without Polk, or just backing themselves up in case this lingers.

Bottom Line
Polk's only value with McCoy healthy is a possible handcuff, but with the hamstring injury there isn't a lot of value right now. McCoy owners who want to back him up on their roster need to wait this out to see if Polk makes the team.