Even with a draft class that has been praised throughout NFL circles, the Eagles still came out of the draft without a “feature back”. The team did draft Donnel Pumphrey who is the all-time leading rusher in FBS history, but counting on him to carry the load at 176 pounds could be a stretch. As of right now the only backs guaranteed roster spots are Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and the aforementioned Donnel Pumphrey. Sproles and Pumphrey could see time on the field together which could lead to some stressful Sundays for defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to guard both players. Smallwood could be a good number 2 back if the Eagles were able to land a featured runner to pair with him. His best fit could be as a modern-day Correll Buckhalter who had success as complimentary back for the Eagles in his time with team.

With the recent injury to their starting center Max Unger, the New Orleans Saints could be in the market for a potential replacement. The Eagles currently have incumbent starter Jason Kelce still on the roster and due to their depth on the offensive line could be looking to deal the veteran center. In the offseason the Saints added future hall of famer Adrian Peterson and second round draft choice Alvin Kamara who they traded up for in the draft. Those two acquisitions have led to speculation that 27-year-old Mark Ingram could be dealt this offseason. The former pro bowler is coming off his best season in the league in which he rushed for 1,043 yards with a 5.1 average per carry. Ingram has never received more than 236 carries in a season and would appear to have a lot of tread still left on his tires due to the fact that he has spent his entire 6 year career playing for a pass happy Sean Payton.

Mark Ingram would provide a physical runner in between the tackles and could be that guy in this offense who could wear down teams in the fourth. He is a violent runner and has proven that with an increase in carries that his production just gets better.  Ingram also excels on third down due to his pass protection skills and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield naturally. If the Eagles could somehow acquire Ingram from the Saints, they could potentially be adding a player who could have a positive impact on Carson Wentz’s development

 

 

 

 

 

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