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Eagles Running Backs Ranked in Middle of the Pack in NFL

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Darren Sproles is in the last year of his contract. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Throughout the recent history of the Philadelphia Eagles, one thing they have had is very good multi-dimensional running backs. LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook are two of the very best at both running the ball and catching the ball out-of-the backfield.

That type of player probably isn’t on the current roster, but they do possess various guys who have various skill-sets.

Last season, the tandem of Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles combined for 1099 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, while adding another 552 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

While Mathews may no longer be here once the season starts, its the addition of LeGarrette Blount’s numbers when ranking NFL running backs by team, Nate Davis of USA Today Sports put the Cardinals at No. 15.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: After running for a league-best 18 TDs in New England last year, LeGarrette Blount projects as the new workhorse here. But he’s never caught more than 15 balls in a season, so Darren Sproles and wispy rookie Donnel Pumphrey figure to get the nod on passing downs.

This ranking puts the Eagles in the middle of the pact,  but speaks volumes about Blount’s potential production, adding 1161 yards and 18 touchdowns to the backfield. With the other running back’s skill set on the roster, it will offset his lack of pass-catching ability.

Look for the Eagles to feature Blount in the running game with Sproles doing a bulk of his work, catching the ball out-of-the backfield this season.

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