Even if he's active again, Smallwood isn't likely to see work on offense Week 2 against the Cowboys. It may not be a coincidence that the Redskins are claiming a player from the team they face Week 1. Smallwood has been a decent enough fill-in for the Eagles, averaging 4. With this move, he'll likely be on the radar of RB-needy teams.
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Smallwood rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for minus-1 yard while losing a fumble in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets. Philadelphia's entire offense couldn't get much going in the loss, but Smallwood was the team's busiest running back, with none of the other guys getting more than three touches. Given the breakdown in workload, it appears likely that Smallwood will lock down one of the Eagles ' final roster spots over the likes of Josh Adams.
He'll still be sweating on cut day, though. Smallwood is one of four contenders for just one possible roster spot, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.
Among the advantages for the year-old are his well-rounded game and experience with the team, while Adams, viewed as Smallwood's main competition, is a better playmaker. Smallwood will need to battle for a roster spot this summer, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders in the second round, leaving the rest of their running backs to battle for one or two roster spots.
Corey Clement knee will have a good chance to secure one of those spots if he's healthy for training camp, so the current picture doesn't look especially favorable for Smallwood, Josh Adams shoulder , Boston Scott or Donnel Pumphrey. While he isn't particularly fast or powerful, the year-old Smallwood has at least displayed a degree of versatility, averaging 4. If nothing else, he should be ahead of Scott and Pumphrey. Howard becomes the instant favorite to serve as Philadelphia's lead runner, albeit in a backfield that has consistently taken a committee approach since coach Doug Pederson was hired in There's still room for Smallwood to earn a significant role -- especially on passing downs -- but it also isn't difficult to envision a scenario in which he fails to make the man roster.
Howard was selected three picks before Smallwood in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, leaving both players in the final season of their respective rookie contracts. The Philadelphia backfield may get even more crowded before training camp, as Darren Sproles may decide to play another season and the draft is still to come.
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Smallwood rushed 10 times for 33 yards and brought in his only target for six yards in the Eagles ' divisional-round playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday. Change-of-pace option Darren Sproles was the only other back besides Smallwood to log a carry for the Eagles, as the third-year pro was the preferred early-down option over Josh Adams for the second straight postseason tilt.
Smallwood was serviceable with his opportunities, but the running game became more of an afterthought as the game wore on. The year-old finished his third season with 87 carries for yards and three touchdowns, along with an additional receiving yards and a pair of scores on 28 receptions. Given his dual-threat skill set and modest cap hit in what will be the fourth year of his rookie contract, Smallwood figures to be given an opportunity to compete for at least a part-time role in the backfield once again in Smallwood rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 more in Sunday's wild-card-round win over Chicago.
Darren Sproles 13 carries for 21 yards and Smallwood split most of the work on the ground, with Josh Adams rushing just once for two yards. Smallwood came tantalizingly close to giving his team a three-point lead after Philadelphia's go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, but his attempt at diving over the goal line for a two-point conversion came up just short. That play almost led to the Eagles ' downfall after the Bears got into field-goal range, but Cody Parkey missed from 43 yards out to send Philadelphia to New Orleans for the divisional round.
Smallwood and Sproles should continue to work in a timeshare against the Saints. Smallwood hand doesn't have a designation for Sunday's wild-card contest at Chicago. Smallwood made a sudden appearance on Thursday's practice report as limited due to a hand injury, but his elevation to full participation Friday has wiped away any question about his ability to suit up in the Eagles ' postseason opener. If his workload from the final three games of the regular season translates to the playoffs, he should be in line for upwards of 10 touches working behind Darren Sproles and Josh Adams.
Smallwood's late addition to the injury report is some cause for concern in regard to his status, but the fact that he still got in part of the practice suggests the issue isn't too serious. The team's final injury report Friday should shed some more light on his availability for the wild-card game. Smallwood had 12 carries for 53 yards and four catches for 24 more in Sunday's win over Washington, playing 26 snaps on offense 37 percent , Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. The Philadelphia backfield was a true three-way timeshare Week 17, with Josh Adams accounting for 14 touches on just 18 snaps 25 percent while Darren Sproles saw nine touches across 27 snaps 38 percent.
There was a bit of inflation for Smallwood in garbage time, but he also got the start and the first carry, with half his touches occurring before halftime. Are You a Stathead?
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