Don’t expect any one running back to carry the load in Philadelphia this season.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said today that he won’t have one featured back as his full-time starter this year. Instead, he’ll rotate things from one game to the next, playing the players who match up best with that week’s opponent.
Pederson added four of the RBs would be active week-to-week. Most likely, Clement or Pumphrey would sit a majority of the weeks, especially Pumphrey who didn't show much of anything this summer, but was a fourth round pick. Blount and Smallwood should carry much of the early-down workload with Sproles obviously a passing-catching threat. Smallwood has also improved his pass-catching. This situation will need to sort itself out. The Eagles did use this approach last year to an extent, but it could very well mean the team is still looking for someone to step up and carry the load.