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RB Devonta Freeman, Eagles share mutual interest

The Philadelphia Eagles are going to get Miles Sanders back in their backfield in Week 2, but they still could look to add depth at running back.

According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Eagles hosted veteran running back Devonta Freeman for a visit on Friday.

After missing Week 1, Sanders is expected to start for Philadelphia when they face the Los Angeles Rams at home. The second-year running back missed the first week of the season due to a hamstring injury.

Amid Sanders’ absence, Boston Scott and Corey Clement shouldered the backfield duties for the Eagles in Week 1. Both Scott and Clement combined for only 54 yards during Philadelphia’s alarming and deflating defeat to the Washington Football Team last Sunday.

Even with Sanders returning, the Eagles realize they could use a better No. 2 option in their backfield. Therefore, while Freeman visited the team on Friday, a pairing of Freeman and Philadelphia would make sense.

Back in March, the Atlanta Falcons released Freeman after he spent the first six seasons of his career with them. His best seasons came in 2015 and 2016 as he put together back-to-back 1,000-yard, 11-touchdown seasons for the Falcons.

Though, just last season, Freeman mightily struggled, rushing for 656 yards and two touchdowns on 184 carries. His 3.6 yards per rushing attempt were the lowest mark of his career.

Nevertheless, at 28 years old, Freeman can still be a complementary back for an NFL team in 2020. Seeing that the Eagles could benefit from adding an experienced rusher on offense, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Freeman leaves with a contract offer on Friday.