Eagles, Browns Swap Backs

The Eagles hope RB Jerome Harrison will give them a reliable back-up for LeSean McCoy.

Maybe a change of scenery is all Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison need. The Eagles sent Brown to Cleveland for Harrison in a trade that involved two back-up running backs who were there to take the heavy work leads off each team’s starters.

LeSean McCoy is taking a beating already. The Eagles star running suffered a broken rib against Washington in Week 4 but was able to play this past Sunday in San Francisco, amassing over 130 yards from scrimmage. Bell did little to help in that game, rushing for eight yards on four carries.

Bell has only had 16 carries on the season for the Eagles, rushing for 28 yards. He’s also only made one catch for five yards, taking away any offensive threat the Eagles hoped he would be coming off  a successful season in New Orleans.

Harrison brings the same thing to the Eagles that they expected Bell to bring. Harrison is a load running the ball. The 5’9″, 205-pound bruiser is an excellent pass blocker, something the Eagles need with their porous offensive line. Harrison hasn’t had many opportunities to actually be an affective part of Cleveland’s offense with the emergence of all-purpose back Patrick Hillis.

A change of scenery for both players could benefit them. With Harrison having a shot to play a more significant role in the Eagles offense, this was a good trade by the Birds.


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