Eagles trades to go 17-0: Get Alvin Kamara or another running back
One of the things that will definitely keep the Eagles from getting to 17-0 is the wear and tear they’re putting on running back Miles Sanders. As many have pointed out, he’s on pace for more rushing yards than he’s ever put up in a season.
So far, he’s proving to be durable, putting up 80 yards per game in the first seven games. But he’s on pace for 1,367 rushing yards when his career high is just over 850. He will wear down at this pace, and the Eagles could simultaneously make a more dynamic offense in the process by trading for a running back to help shoulder the load with Sanders.
Alvin Kamara has been shared as an option after he went on a rant this week that seemed to indicate he wanted out (both he and the Saints denied he’s going to be on the move, though). Melvin Gordon is another possible player to eye who is mysteriously getting less action than Latavius Murray in Denver.
Kamara is the best option because he serves as both a rushing option, but also a short screen-pass option for the Eagles to weaponize. He’s good in plays over the middle for short, but consistent gains. The Eagles passing plays have been highlighted by long yardage and impressively hard completions, but there’s nothing wrong with a methodical passing game to chain together plays for long drives.
Take this Sunday for instance, where two of Kamara’s touchdowns were receiving and most of his yards were receiving yards.
Kamara has also worked well in two-back systems in the past. At their best, the Saints were led by a two-back system with Mark Ingram and Kamara. Both are on the team now, but Ingram isn’t quite what he was in their first stint together and has been injured multiple times this year.