Bryce Brown has proven two things in the last two weeks.
One, that he can run well enough to be an NFL starter.
Two, that LeSean McCoy has nothing to worry about as the Eagles’ starter.
Brown has 347 rushing yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks, but he’s also lost three fumbles, including the game-clinching one which Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne returned 50 yards for a touchdown last night.
“There’s no excuses,” Brown said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m not going to say [it was] fatigue or anything. If it is fatigue, you got to suck it up. . . . It’s a crucial moment. You go to protect the ball.”
You didn’t need to see Brown’s ball security issues to know McCoy will be the guy when he returns from his concussion. But how they use Brown moving forward will be an interesting choice. McLane speculates that Howie Roseman could get calls for Brown, but there’s no pressing reason to trade him.
Keeping both backs, particularly with Brown working cheap, is probably the best play for the Eagles, especially if they move forward with quarterback Nick Foles. For any young quarterback, a stable running game is the best safety net.
And assuming Andy Reid is gone, there’s a chance they might both be used. If Brown learns to hold onto the ball, of course.