Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thoughts on Mays, Arrington

The Eagles have traded linebacker Joe Mays to the Broncos in exchange for running back J.J. Arrington. Here are some thoughts on the impact the move has on the team's linebacker and running back situations.

Thoughts on Mays, Arrington


As you may know by now, the Eagles have sent linebacker Joe Mays to Denver for running back J.J. Arrington.

The Eagles' linebacking corps has undergone a significant change this offseason. Mays was one of six linebackers who played the middle last season after Stewart Bradley went down during training camp. But, like the Eagles' other options, he wasn't able to adequately fill in.

In addition to serving as a backup in the middle, Mays also played special teams for the Birds.

Omar Gaither is the backup in the middle right now, and he has also play the weak side in the past. Seventh-round pick Jamar Chaney will also likely see reps in the middle behind Gaither.

As for Arrington, he has not had a carry since the 2009 Super Bowl. A second-round draft pick in 2005, Arrington spent his first four seasons with the Cardinals. He set career highs in attempts, yards and touchdows as a rookie - carrying 112 times for 370 yards and a pair of scores.

For his career, Arrington's carried 183 times for 654 yards. He's also caught 91 balls for 693 yards.

Arrington missed all of last season. He signed with the Broncos before failing a physical and undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

In the last three years, Arrington's carried 71 times for 284 yards.

So where does Arrington fit into the Eagles' running back picture? Well, obviously everything depends on his health. LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver are locks to make the Birds' roster. And the Eagles signed restricted free agent Mike Bell in the offseason.

Eldra Buckley and sixth-round pick Charles Scott will be fighting for roster spots.

My initial thought is that Arrington might not even make the team. We'll just have to see how his knee is holding up. Mays was not going to play a prominent role with the linebackers anyway, so it's not as if they gave up a valuable piece.

The Inquirer's Jeff McLane reports that the Eagles will receive a sixth-round pick in 2010 if Arrington doesn't make the roster.

On Thursday, Mays was unpacking his car and moving into his living quarters at Lehigh, as he's done the past three seasons since the Eagles drafted him in the sixth round of the '08 draft. Now he'll be headed to Englewood, Colorado for camp with the Broncos.

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