As for how playing time shakes out, I think Jordan Howard begins the season as the lead back and Corey Clement begins the season as the primary third-down back, but Miles Sanders eats away their snaps and touches as the season goes on.
The story went on to say Sanders is a talented young back playing catch-up after missing OTAs, and it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field if he takes the expected strides. The story also mentioned BostonScott winning the fourth RB spot, meaning Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams could very well get cut. Both played key roles last year after injuries to Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi.
To start training camp, Donnel Pumphrey was flashing the elusiveness that caught the Eagles' eye in the first place. Then, when they took the field for the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pumphrey wasn't dressed. Earlier in the week, he suffered a "lower-body injury" and the timetable for his return is unclear.
It wasn't that long ago that Pumphrey seemed like a lock to make the team. He was even being told he'd see time out of the slot. But according to the story, Smallwood has excelled on special teams and Adams has been turning heads as an undrafted rookie.
With Donnel Pumphrey out — plus Matt Jones on Thursday night, though he's since returned — it's given undrafted free agent running back Josh Adams a chance to receive more touches than he might've if everyone was healthy.
Against the Steelers, his first carry went for 15 yards and he finished with eight touches overall.
Saturday, he even received a couple reps with the first-team.
Adams is part of a crowded backfield that also contains Ajayi and Sproles. Clement went undrafted last year and ended up catching a TD pass in the Super Bowl, so the Eagles aren't afraid to keep guys like Adams around. However, at this point, he's—at best—the team's No. 4 RB.
Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey has had a good training camp overall but had two bad drops over the last two practices.
Pumphrey's first drop was on Sunday night in the corner of the end zone, when he let a ball slide right through his hands despite the fact he was wide open. Pumphrey said after practice that he lost the ball in the lights.
On Monday, however, Pumphrey had another bad drop in the end zone, letting a ball hit off of his hands and fall incomplete.
Pumphrey has done a great job catching the ball so far in camp and his ability to make plays out of the backfield is his best chance at making the roster. These drops are not helping, the story said. There was even talk he would see time in the slot. He's certainly in a battle to make the roster among several other backs.