There is no doubt that RB LeSean McCoy will man the feature-back role in the Philadelphia Eagles’ backfield once the 2013 NFL season kicks off with brand new head coach Chip Kelly at the helm.
But due to the high-octane, furiously fast style of spread offense that Kelly runs, there is a need for great depth throughout the entire offensive unit. And the position that requires the most depth and differentiation is the running back spot, because of the incredibly heavy load of read-options that are called in the system.
While current Eagles backup RBs Bryce Brown and Dion Lewis each have their own set of useful skills, the Eagles could still benefit greatly from a shifty speedster who is already familiar with Kelly’s spread.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James.
James played under Kelly at the University of Oregon from 2009 to 2011, where he flourished in the NCAA ranks, earning a unanimous All-American selection and the Doak Walker Award in 2010 as the #1 college running back. James was also a Heisman trophy finalist and is currently the all-time career rushing yards leader for the Oregon Ducks.
Even though James has yet to experience much success in the NFL as of now, he certainly possesses the tools and potential to become a dynamic and dangerous professional running back.