If pre-minicamp statements are any indication, the Philadelphia Eagles will use a backfield-by-committee approach this season. Duce Staley, the assistant head coach and running backs coach, said on Monday that the team plans to rotate its running backs. The current depth chart includes the newly acquired Jordan Howard, rookie Miles Sanders and holdover Corey Clement, among others.
"We haven't had that one guy since [LeSean McCoy in 2014]," Staley told the media on Monday, one day before the start of minicamp. "To have the type of backfield we have now, we're going to share the ball, and these guys understand that. We talk about, If you're going out there and your number is called, you just go out there and do the best you can during that play. Don't worry about the course of the game ... just take advantage of your number being called during that time ... These guys understand. It's something we've been doing for a while."
Last season, Josh Adams led the Eagles with 120 carries for 511 yards and three touchdowns. Philadelphia hasn't had a running back rush for more than 766 yards in a season since McCoy ran for 1,319 in 2014.
In the offseason, the front office addressed the backfield situation by trading a 2020 sixth-round pick to Chicago for Howard. The former Bears running back ran for 1,313 and six touchdowns in 2016 but had lost favor in Matt Nagy's offense to Tarik Cohen.
Two months later, the Eagles spent a second round pick on Sanders, who ran for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns on 220 carries in 2018, his lone season as the lead back for Penn State. The rookie has been dealing with a hamstring issue and will not participate in minicamp. But the injury is not considered serious and should not prevent him from competing for snaps.