Eagles GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference, "We've been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was obvious that Philly liked Sanders when the franchise selected him in Round 2. These words from Roseman, however, could point to the new guy having a bigger workload share ahead of him than other RBs in the Doug Pederson era. Pederson's Eagles have run with a true committee. Amid personnel shuffling and injuries, no RB has reached a 37% share of team carries in any of his 3 seasons. Philly just traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, of course, but gave up a mere 6th-round pick for a RB in the final year of his rookie contract. Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles remain from last year's squad, but only Adams has reached 100 carries under Pederson and none has topped 120. Adams is also coming off shoulder surgery. None of those players looks like a big threat to Sanders' touch outlook. We wouldn't bet on workhorse touches for the rookie, but Sanders might just be the best bet to lead the backfield in opportunities right away.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles aggravated his hamstring injury in Wednesday's practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Philly was hoping to get Sproles back this week, but he's now out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys and might miss significantly more time beyond that. Sproles is droppable outside of the deepest of PPR leagues. The Eagles will continue to go with Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Corey Clement in the backfield.
Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered an ACL tear in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season. That takes the carry leader out of a backfield that has started slowly. Healthy returns by Corey Clement and Darren Sproles wold help absorb touches, but Wendell Smallwood has als taken advantage of recent injuries to others to look like a player who will continue to deserve work. We’ll see hit the touches get distributed as the remaining group get healthy. The one thing we’ve been able to count on so far has been HC Doug Pederson spreading the work around. Clement, Sproles and Smallwood are all worth owning to varying degrees right now
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He didn’t practice all week and has no timetable for return. RB Corey Clement (quad) is listed as questionable after being added to the injury report on Thursday. If he can’t play this weekend, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams would serve as Philly’s #2 and #3 RBs.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Eagles RB Corey Clement (quad) "should be fine" for today's game against the Colts. Clement was added to the injury report on Friday, but the issue never seemed serious. He's the odds-on favorite to leave Philly's backfield in touches with RBs Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles sidelined.
Eagles RB Corey Clement (quad) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was added to the injury report on Friday as a limited participant. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero hears that Clement "should be fine" for the game and was limited "as a precaution." He's in line to serve as Philly's lead back with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles out, but check back around noon ET on Sunday to make sure Clement is active.
Eagles RB Jay Ajayi suffered a back injury on the 1st drive of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. He's officially questionable to return. With RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) inactive, Philly is down to RBs Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood
UPDATE: Ajayi returned in the 2nd half.
One of the biggest Eagles questions facing fantasy owners is just how much work we can expect RB Jay Ajayi to get. Well, he spoke to that a bit this week. “I’m excited,” Ajayi said Tuesday, per USA Today's Eagles Wire. “Obviously things have gotten a little bit shaken up in our room, and I’m excited to get into that lead role, do what’s needed of me and just go ball." Ajayi averaged just 11.2 carries per game over 10 contests (playoffs included) after joining the Eagles last year. But that climbed to 13.8 over the final 6 games, including 4 weeks of 14+ rushes. Philly coaches haven't specifically addressed backfield roles yet, and the backfield remains crowded. Corey Clement should continue to see a significant role. And Darren Sproles -- who opened last year as the team leader in RB snaps before a Week 3 injury -- returns. Matt Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood and undrafted free agent Josh Adams are also fighting for roles. The "lead role" Ajayi refers to doesn't necessarily mean workhorse-level touches, and we're not projecting that for him. But a lead job in what should again rank among the league's top offenses will undoubtedly carry fantasy upside. Ajayi could particularly bring a high TD ceiling, given his size vs. the remaining backfield competition. He's a decent value at current ADP, and we'll continue to monitor the Eagles backfield as we move into summer.
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