After the trade of LeSean McCoy, many fans were left wondering who would try and replicate his efforts in the backfield in the 2015 season. The answer to that question came to us in the last 24 hours. The Eagles already have Darren Sproles and Chris Polk, but still needed to add another back or two in order to keep the rushing attack as one of their strengths.
To say that this offseason has been jarring for Eagles fans would be a gross understatement. Gone are almost all of the lineup mainstays, replaced by a group of players with sizable question marks. In the wake of Coach Chip Kelly's free agent 'Shock & Awe' campaign, I just wanted to see if I could offer a rationalization and a glass-half-full look at all of these transactions.
First, just for sake of my hypothetical, I'm assuming that everyone we've picked up so far is healthy. I don't think that's an insane assumption either. For a team that's embraced sports science and conditioning the way the Eagles have, I think this is probably something the Birds' medical staff took a long look at. So let's begin ...
In what might be one of the more shocking trades I've seen in recent memory, the Eagles have agreed to a trade with the Buffalo Bills which will send LeSean McCoy to the Bills for former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy spent the first six years of his career in Philadelphia, ever since being drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. The former Bishop McDevitt star rushed for over 1,300 yards last season and amassed 6,792 career rushing yards for the Eagles.