Monday, August 31, 2015

Not in the market for a running back

With Brian Westbrook recovering from ankle surgery and a lot of inexperience behind the star running back, there are some who believe the Eagles should sign one of those veteran running backs still standing in the unemployment line.

Not in the market for a running back

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The majority of work at running back during training camp will go to the trio of Lorenzo Booker, LeSean McCoy (above) and Kyle Eckel. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
The majority of work at running back during training camp will go to the trio of Lorenzo Booker, LeSean McCoy (above) and Kyle Eckel. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

With Brian Westbrook recovering from ankle surgery and a lot of inexperience behind the star running back, there are some who believe the Eagles should sign one of those veteran running backs still standing in the unemployment line.

The Eagles do not share that point of view.

"We're a little inexperienced, but at this point at running back we think we have some real quality people there," Eagles president Joe Banner said today. "We expect that we're going to go into camp and the guys we have are going to put us in a good position to be successful. Running back is one of those positions where younger players can step in and have success."

If for some reason the Eagles aren't as comfortable at the running back position by the end of training camp, Warrick Dunn and Edgerrin James are among the veteran backs still available.

The majority of work at running back during training camp will go to the trio of Lorenzo Booker, LeSean McCoy and Kyle Eckel. Banner said the Eagles also view fullback Leonard Weaver as a contributer at running back.

Another reason the Eagles aren't in a hurry to add another running back is because they believe Westbrook will be ready for the Sept. 13 season opener at Carolina.

"We're very optimistic about Westbrook," Banner said. "He's doing great. He's ahead of schedule, but we're still going to be very conservative with him."

 

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