Pads have been on for only two days, but there is one observation that is not premature to make: Dion Lewis is the Eagles’ No. 2 running back behind LeSean McCoy.
The Eagles planned for that to be the case by neither signing a veteran in the offseason nor investing a draft pick in one until taking Bryce Brown in the seventh round. They also signed Chris Polk as a rookie free agent. During the rookie portion of training camp, it became intriguing to speculate whether Brown or Polk could unseat Lewis. After two days, it is clear why Lewis is the No. 2.
"Dion has had an excellent camp up to date,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “Sure is a fine runner. Excellent with his protections. He's probably a little bit shorter than one would think, but he's certainly bigger."
Lewis, who is listed at 5-8, is compact and draws comparisons to Brian Westbrook. At 195 pounds, though, Lewis is strong, and that helps him play at his size.