Eagles RB Corey Clement says he told Howie Roseman the team doesn’t need help at RB
The Philadelphia Eagles have been put in a bit of a tough position in the backfield with starter Jay Ajayi suffering a torn ACL that has put pressure on them to solidify their running game.
Despite that being the case, second-year running back Corey Clement has stated that he believes that the team has the players in place at the position to get the job done the rest of the season, according to Les Bowden of Philly News.
“This game was definitely a test for us, to see do we need to get somebody,” Clement said. “I talked to Howie [Roseman] before the game — you have to have confidence in our room … We don’t need to look on the outside, we know what we have on our team … I definitely told him that. He said, ‘Make me believe that we don’t need a back.’ “
Clement has been one of the leading factors in the backfield in the place of Ajayi this season that continued on Thursday night in the 34-13 win over the New York Giants rushing for 43 yards on 11 attempts along with a touchdown. Meanwhile, Wendell Smallwood posted 51 rushing yards on 18 carries in the contest that saw them garner 108 total yards on the ground.
The Eagles have a stable of running backs that are versatile options out of the backfield with Corey Clement, Smallwood, and when Darren Sproles returns from his hamstring injury. There isn’t one clear workhorse back on the roster, but the team has plenty of depth at the position. If Philadelphia is comfortable with this game plan in the running game moving forward, it could see a running back-by-committee approach while a more heavy reliance on quarterback Carson Wentz to lead the way with his arm.
Only time will tell if the Eagles are completely confident in this direction with their backfield over the rest of the season.