6 Philadelphia Eagles position battles that could emerge later this offseason
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The NFL offseason is far from complete, but with free agency and the draft in the rearview, the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster has mostly rounded into shape.
Personnel czar Howie Roseman can still tinker with some things by signing veterans or engineering trades, but his avenues for maneuvering are thin. The players on the team now will likely dictate how the Birds’ 2017 season unfolds.
So, we thought we’d look ahead to position battles that could materialize in the coming months.
Keep in mind that plenty can change between now and he start of training camp, set for sometime in late July, meaning these are more projections than ready-made competitions.
Take a look.
Most experts expect the Eagles will cut 2016 starter Ryan Mathews once he recovers from neck surgery, and even if they don’t, questions linger about Mathews’ long-term health and potential for productivity. The Birds have a crop of talented backs vying to replace Mathews as the No. 1 option in the backfield but none are perfectly suited for the role.
- Ryan Mathews
- Darren Sproles
- Wendell Smallwood
- Donnel Pumphrey
- Corey Clement
Smallwood, a fifth-round pick in 2016, piled up 312 yards on 77 carries (4.1 per rush) as a rookie last year. While he remains unproven as a full-time starter, Smallwood figures to enter training camp with an edge over Sproles and Pumphrey, two smaller backs, and Clement, an undrafted free agent.
The Eagles could still sign a veteran free agent running back to add to the mix at running back. LeGarrette Blount, DeAngelo Williams and Matt Asiata are available.