Why Eagles RB Corey Clement is in for a big year
30 June 2018 Eagles News
On a contract year, Eagles running back Jay Ajayi seems poised to be the Eagles leading rusher. However, with the position up for grabs, will another player emerge.
Competition is what fuels a successful team and the Eagles know that. Last season, the Eagles were fueled on competing and going into the season, all but one position (quarterback) is already determined. And by saying that, it means that the other groups are going to be fighting it out for play time. Although other spots have great players, the Eagles keep that win the day, fight for your spot culture, which really helps them down the road.
Bringing it back to Clement, he’s in an environment in which he thrives in. As an undrafted free agent, he wasn’t given anything, he had to work for the right to even try out for a team. That mindset led him to a great year with the Eagles, rushing for 321 yards and four touchdowns as well as adding another 123 yards and one touchdown receiving.
Fast forward to this year, there’s going to be an opportunity for Clement to seize the lead running back position. The Eagles like to rotate their running backs, but regardless, one gets majority of the snaps. Last season, LeGarrette Blount had 354 offensive snaps for the Eagles last season. He was the lead back, but with his absence, the Eagles need someone to step up.
That’s why the position is all Clement’s to lose. He’s been the Eagles most impressive running backs out of the ones left on the roster. Every play he’s in, he treats it like it’s his last. He’s a strong runner who made countless plays for the Eagles when called upon.
A lot of the times, teams like to go to players who they can trust and Clement is one who has grown into his role on the team and has gained their trust. Every time he’s in, he’s going to fight for the extra yards and he’s going to make a play. He showed us that last season and this year, he’s in for a big one.
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