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Roseman tries to calm fears about RB position

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 25, 2019 - 7:16 pm

ARIZONA — The Eagles glaring hole at running back has become a major concern for fans as they have watched their team go through the first two weeks of free agency. 

Speaking Monday at the NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix, Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman tried to calm any fear about the team’s lack of moves at running back. 

“The three running backs who played in the Super Bowl were all guys we acquired after the 2017 NFL Draft. The talent acquisition period continues to go,” Roseman said. “We want to have the best possible team. We are going to look into everything. That is our job, and at the same time we have to grow and develop our young players.”

The Eagles currently have Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams on their depth chart at running back, a trio where each had their moments last season, but none stepped up and won the starting job. Clement is coming off of a season-ending ACL injury, Adams hit a rookie wall towards the end of last year and Smallwood has been a role player throughout his time in Philadelphia. 

“We are excited about those guys. Corey, a guy that was a huge part of a Super Bowl winning team and our Super Bowl win. Josh Adams showed in flashes what he can do. Obviously those guys coming off offseason injuries and a big part of that is getting them back and getting them part of the program. That jump for Josh from year one to year two is big. For Corey, from year two to year three. You also talk about Wendell. When he has been called to play he has been a solid player. We got a guy in Boston Scott off the practice squad of the Saints who has tools in his body and traits to develop. There are players there, but at the same time, we are always looking to improve the team.”

Despite the need, the Eagles passed on several options in free agency. Tevin Coleman and Mark Ingram, two players who would have been an upgrade at the position, both signed deals for an average value of $5 million — a number the team could have easily fit under their cap. 

The Eagles do not have a history of addressing the running back position through the draft. Roseman has not picked a running back in the first-or-second round in the NFL Draft since 2009. His attempt to land a back in a loaded draft at the position in 2017 resulted in Donnel Pumphrey. 

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