Sunday, February 7, 2016

Westbook's work load

Will Brian Westbrook have fewer touches next season with the acquisition of Lorenzo Booker and other moves?

Westbook's work load

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You look at the stats from last year and they tell you that Brian Westbrook had 278 carries in 15 games. That represents 57.8 percent of the Eagles' total carries as a team and 79.4 percent of the carries by Eagles running backs.

Take out the game Westbrook did not play against the Giants and you find that when Westbrook was available, he had 60.7 percent of the total carries and 84 percent of the carries by Eagles running backs.

His team-high 90 receptions represented 25.7 percent of the Eagles' total receptions and 87.3 of the receptions by Eagles running backs.

Again take out the Giants game and when Westbrook was available, he had 26.9 percent of the Eagles' total receptions and 91.8 percent of the receptions by Eagles running backs.

So when Westbrook finally addresses the media yesterday, he was asked about whether the coaches has talked to him about lightening his workload.

“No, they haven’t talked to me about lightening, or anything like that," he said. "I’m a fan of carrying the ball, and having the ball in my hands, but I also want the best for this team. I know sometimes it’s better to spread the ball, allow them to get the ball into different people’s hands so that we can present problems for a defense. I love having the ball in my hands. I think I’m a better player when I have the ball in my hands."

But that does not mean that the coaches won't try to ease off Westbrook at least a little bit in training camp.

“I think, at some point, they’ll limit the things that I do," Westbrook said. "Coach usually does a great job of taking care of the players during training camp and things like that so their legs and arms can remain fresh, and I don’t see that changing this year.”

The Eagles seem to have a better option potentially as a complement to Westbrook in Lorenzo Booker, acquired in a daft day trade with Miami.

"We’re just trying to get more speed on the field," Westbrook said when asked how he anticipated the Eagles would use Booker. "Give the defense a lot of different things they have to cover, a lot of different things they have to worry about. Lorenzo brings a big play capability as well to the field. He’s very fast, very shifty, has very good hands. We’re just trying to put more playmakers on the field at the same time.” 
 

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Also, Les Bowen writes about Donovan McNabb's shoulder issue, Dan Klecko's move to the defensive line from fullback and more from Brian Westbrook in the notebook.

Les has more from Jon Runyan on the retirement of Michael Strahan and Rich Hofmann has his take on Strahan's departure.

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The Eagles are back on the field today for the second of four days this week that close the organized team activities before training camp in July.

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