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Mariota to the Eagles: The deal that never was

Louie DiBiase

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Carson Wentz is the face of the franchise for the Eagles after Howie Roseman moved up twice in the 2016 NFL Draft to get the North Dakota product.
But just a year earlier it was an Oregon QB that then GM Chip Kelly and the Eagles had heart eyes for.
Louie and Lars head back to the 2015 offseason when Chip Kelly nearly made Marcus Mariota an Eagle.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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Who will the Eagles target at RB?

Louie DiBiase

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Le’Veon Bell? LeSean McCoy? Tevin Coleman? The Eagles are in the hunt for a running back to replace Jay Ajayi after he suffered a torn ACL in the loss against Minnesota.

Will the Eagles go in for a star or add a rotational piece alongside Corey Clement like Spener Ware or CJ Prosise.

Louie and Gino speculate on another edition of the Locked on Eagles podcast!

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Another McCoy trade between the Eagles and Bills?

Louie DiBiase

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The Eagles, in search for a running back after starter Jay Ajayi tore his ACL on Sunday against the Vikings, reportedly contacted the Bills about a potential deal for LeSean McCoy.

Would the Bills consider giving the Eagles their all-time leading rusher back? What would it take? Has McCoy lost a step?

Louie and Kevin Massare of Locked on Bills touch on everything you need to know about the Eagles-Bills trade rumors involving LeSean McCoy.

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Would the Dolphins trade the Eagles another RB?

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It was just a year ago that an Eagles team dominating the NFL wanted to put the offense over the edge by dealing for a difference maker at the running back position. That difference maker turned into Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi who fell out of favor with Head Coach Adam Gase after tensions grew with Ajayi’s role shrinking as the year went on.

The Eagles swooped in giving the Dolphins a 4th round pick and Ajayi helped lead Philadelphia to their first ever Super Bowl championship, averaging 5.8 yards per carry with the Birds.

A year later the Eagles are searching for help in the backfield with the news that Ajayi is out for the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Would the Dolphins consider making a second deal with the Eagles for a running back? Preferably another young, efficient runner in Kenyan Drake that hasn’t been used by Gase?

Drake was a big reason the Dolphins were OK letting Ajayi go to Philadelphia last year. The former Alabama running back averaged almost five yards a carry in the second half of the season.

However in 2018 Drake has not been used nearly as much as a year ago. Drake has just 14 carries in the last three weeks with just 53 yards on the ground.

Frank Gore meanwhile has 10+ carries in back to back weeks.

Drake is just 24 years old and doesn’t have a big cap hit like other potential trade targets for the Eagles in Le’Veon Bell or LeSean McCoy. He is a cheaper, younger option who also possesses the vision, speed, explosive play-making ability that Bell and McCoy have.

He also could help solve the offense’s issues against the blitz with strong pass protection.

 

The Eagles could also call about Frank Gore, a former legend in Philadelphia but the Eagles would more likely go for a younger, faster back that can make game changing plays that Corey Clement or Wendell Smallwood just can’t make on a consistent basis.

Clement will still be a big part of this backfield but the Eagles need to add someone like Drake to keep this offense dangerous in both the pass game and run game.

Carson Wentz has thrown a lot in his first three starts this year and while the passing game should be the focal point of the offense, the Eagles need to have a legitimate run game that was extremely important in the Super Bowl win last year (Blount, Ajayi, Clement combined for over 200 scrimmage yards in the Super Bowl).

If Miami was willing to deal, Drake could be a great option.

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