I agree Jacobs is 1. That is clear.
I absolutely wouldn’t argue to see Montgomery being 2 but really I see that similar to the role Sanders is in, but it might be worse. He has Tarik Cohen AND Mike Davis. They didn’t pay Mike Davis to sit on the bench.
Singletary is a longterm investment to me. I doubt he makes much impact this year with Shady, TJ Yeldon and of course…He is infinite, he is all…Frank Gore. I’d love Singletary in the 2nd but I doubt he finds his way on the field through all 3 of those vets ahead of him this year. 2020 is a different story.
But in terms of Philly and Sanders, let’s really look at what Philly has had in the backfield since Dougy Fresh took over.
2016- Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles
This is clearly a case of 2 RB’s with different skill sets that needed to split time. Mathews was the runner who could catch a little but really Sproles was the pass catcher. Throw in the fact that Mathews was often hurt and only started 8 games, there really was never an opportunity to have a feature back
2017- Darren Sproles. LeGarrett Blount, Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement
The plan was to have Sproles and Blount split time at the start of the year with obvious roles as the pass catching back and the big bruising back. Well, Sproles gets hurt after 3 games and then start shuffling things around and finally land on Clement to fill that role. Then at the deadline the realize they have a championship level team and aren’t complete at RB so they trade for Ajayi who is more of a complete back. But they just got him midyear, so of course he is going to have to timeshare with the other two.
2018- Ajayi, Clement, Sproles, Smallwood, Josh Adams
This was just a comedy of errors of injuries.
Sproles only played 6 games. Ajayi only played 4. Clement technically played in 11 but he was never fully healthy all year. That plan at RB was blown up from the beginning and they were bringing in any back they could to just try and survive.
Miles Sanders is by far the biggest investment the Eagles have put into an RB. They have been surviving off scrap heap vet free agents, UDFA’s and late round picks. They finally put the investment in an RB this year. Trust me. Howard is NOT getting resigned. The Eagles have to pay Carson Wentz and they are living tight against the cap as is. They are going to put a premium on the cheap young talent and let expensive players walk. If Howard plays well, he’ll want too much money for the Eagles to keep.