Report: Eagles looking into potential trade for Colts running back
The Eagles could be looking to add more depth in the backfield as the season progresses.
Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Eagles are one of a handful of teams “looking into” Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack:
“The Eagles’ Sirianni was Indy’s offensive coordinator when Mack produced a 1,000-yard season in 2019. With the Eagles’ tailback identity still in flux — quarterback Jalen Hurts has 42 more rushing yards than any Eagles back through the season’s first five weeks — a change-of-pace player could help.“
Mack requested a trade two weeks ago as Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines have become an established rushing tandem for the Colts.
The running game in Philadelphia has essentially been non-existent aside from Jalen Hurts — who, as mentioned above, is currently the team’s leading rusher five weeks into the season. Nick Sirianni’s unbalanced playcalling seems to be a big reason why.
Eagles rushing leaders this season:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) October 13, 2021
• Jalen Hurts: 43 attempts, 256 yards
• Miles Sanders: 48 attempts, 214 yards
• Kenneth Gainwell: 21 attempts, 100 yards
The former fourth-rounder out of South Florida spent four seasons with Nick Sirianni in Indianapolis and had an explosive run before tearing his Achilles early in the 2020 season. Over the prior two years, Mack rushed for 2000 yards, 17 TDs and has only fumbled the ball twice.
Adding Mack would certainly give Hurts another weapon on offense, but the move isn’t necessary. Miles Sanders continues to be one of the NFL’s most underutilized backs — currently ranked 36th in the league in rushing attempts. Rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell has also carved out a role in the rotation.
One would argue that the Eagles should discover how to use their own players before adding another one to the mix. However, there are worse players a team could acquire for a conditional late-round pick than a back of Marlon Mack’s stature. Eagles GM Howie Roseman has never been bashful about making mid-season deals, especially if the team remains competitive.
Mandatory Credit: Sports Illustrated