Off the Record (OTR)

Smallwood to have significant role for Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round last year in what was an upside pick. There were some issues at West Virginia, and while many thought he was a second-round talent, he fell to round five.

He only got a few opportunities to play last year as a rookie, but when he did he flashed some potential.

But, what about this year? The team brings back Darren Sproles after moving on from Ryan Mathews (when he’s medically cleared). They signed LeGarrette Blount this offseason and spent a fourth-round pick on Donnel Pumphrey, aka the guy that broke Marshall Faulk’s rushing record at San Diego State.

So, right now, Smallwood is probably fourth on the depth chart. However, long time Eagles observer Reuben Frank believes that Smallwood is eventually going to carve out a nice role for himself this season.

“I think Smallwood will have a pretty significant role this year. They like him,” Frank tweets.

It’s definitely possible. Smallwood might have three-down capabilities, even though they’ll probably never need him to be anything like that. It’s likely to be a big, ugly, messy, “stay the hell away from this in your fantasy football league” running back by committee.

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