Bryce Brown hasn’t had it easy on his way to the Philadelphia Eagles starting line-up, and the rookie is certainly doing his best to make sure he impresses now that he has achieved his target. The running back had to wait until the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft before the Eagles took a chance on him, waiting until 228 other players had been signed and possibly doubting his dreams of a professional career would come true.
After his first two starts, it looks as though the other 31 teams in the league made a mistake in overlooking Brown. The 21-year old stepped in to replace the injured LeSean McCoy for the match against Carolina at the end of November, finishing his first start with 178 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat to the Panthers. The young running back followed that performance up with another eye-catching display the following week, with another 169 yards and adding two more TD’s to his collection.
While there is still plenty for the youngster to improve on, not least when it coems to his fumbles, Eagles’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg insisted he wasn’t surprised to see Brown grabbing the headlines after such a short time in the team.
“I was high on him when I first put the film on with the few plays that he had while in college.”
“With natural ability, he’s a big, strong man that has speed. You put that natural ability and natural feel and instincts to it, and you generally have a good player there,” insisted Mornhinweg.
With nothing left to play for this season, Brown may be given an extended run in the team with which to try and establish himself. McCoy may not return from his concussion before the end of the season, and Brown will be hoping to do enough over the next few matches to give the Eagles’ management a selection headache next year.