An interesting topic going into Sunday’s Eagles-Chiefs game is who will get the most snaps at running back behind Carson Wentz. LeGarrette Blount got most of the snaps at running back last week against the Redskins, as he ran for 46 yards on 14 carries. This definitely has to improve going into their game against Kansas City. They proved they could compete with the best when they defeated the Patriots in New England in their season opener, especially late in the game.
As for Corey Clement, he hopes he can get involved on offense. Last week, he didn’t get any touches with the offense as he played a role with the special teams unit.
However, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Clement hopes to play a role in the offense this week after spending time at practice with the first-team offense. We may see Clement cut into Blount’s role on first and second down if Blount does not start to perform at a higher level, according to Adam Caplan.
Blount may still be learning this Eagles offense after spending a few years with the New England Patriots. If he does not start to improve at an accelerating rate, then his playing time might begin to lessen. He is no stranger to this tough league as he’s been in the NFL for seven years on four different teams, entering his eighth season with the Birds.
He arguably had his best season with the Patriots last season as he had a career year with 299 rushes for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the league in rushing touchdowns as well. He also helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl for the second time in his career. In order for him to succeed, Doug Pederson has to utilize him the right way by running him north to south as opposed to east to west.
On the other hand, Clement has many years ahead of him as an undrafted rookie with the best of his talent to come. He is a true hometown success story from Glassboro, New Jersey as he looks to make his family proud and score his first career NFL touchdown this Sunday.
He proved he could have plenty of up-side in the NFL after a great four years at Wisconsin. He had 576 carries for 3,092 yards and a total of 36 touchdowns. It came as a shock to him when he was not drafted, but that only made him more motivated to make an NFL roster this offseason as the Eagles picked him up as an undrafted free agent.
It will be a compelling story to look into as the Eagles prepare for Kansas City this Sunday. If Blount does not get his act together soon and prove his worth, then Pederson and running backs coach Duce Staley should give the younger running backs a chance to play more. Clement has a lot to prove as a running back in this league, but Blount has to get his act together and show his true talent as the 2017 season goes along.
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