While it's not easy to rotate four backs in and out of the lineup, that's the game plan head coach Doug Pederson takes into the week.
"Yeah, I would,'' Pederson said Friday when asked if he would like to see all four backs get work. "It's kind of like the receivers. We're rotating a bunch of guys at that position, too.
"As I mentioned before, Ryan Mathews is the primary. [We are] utilizing Darren Sproles specifically in certain situations, third downs and any time we can give either Ryan a blow. Then Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner are both guys who can give us good energy and good burst when they're in there.
"Wendell is still that type of back that is still learning a little bit, you know. But at the same time we still want to be able to use all four guys if we can.''
The Eagles backfield hasn't made much sense most of the year. Mathews got over 20 carries against the Browns and Smallwood - after Mathews tweaked an ankle - got 17 carries and looked good against the Steelers. Mathews is supposed to be the safest fantasy play, but outside of his 22-carry game, and his two-carry game when he got hurt, he's only averaging about about 9-10 carries in the other three games.