According to Adam Caplan, the Philaldephia Eagles are interested in potentially adding veteran running back Carlos Hyde.
The Philadelphia Eagles have nearly completed the reinvention of their offensive backfield in 2020 after turning over the primary responsibilities to Miles Sanders. However, NFL reporter Adam Caplan has word that a familiar face for Kansas City Chiefs fans, running back Carlos Hyde, could be in the mix as a complement and security piece for Philly.
On the latest episode of Inside the Birds, Caplan’s podcast with Geoff Mosher, Caplan gives word that the Eagles have shown interest in Hyde as another offensive addition in an offseason filled with them.
“They want a power back who can probably handle, if Sanders can’t play, they’d like to get a guy who can handle 12 to 15 carries,” said Caplan. “They’d like that back to have a little bit better versatility than, say, LeGarrette Blount had. Blount was just simply not going to catch the football. He didn’t do that.”
In the last year, the Eagles have watched Jordan Howard depart for the Miami Dolphins in free agency and Darren Sproles retire to a front office position. Jay Ajayi also became a free agent and remains available on the open market. That leaves Sanders and Corey Clement as the lone holdovers from 2019 and the team has plenty of space for a veteran in a room that lacks major experience.
Hyde signed with the Chiefs in free agency last spring and looked like he could contend for major playing time with Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, and rookie Darwin Thompson. Instead, he fell out of favor fairly quickly in training camp and the Chiefs made a move to trade Hyde to the Houston Texans in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankin. The Chiefs then signed vet LeSean McCoy to round out the backfield.
As for Hyde, he enjoyed a resurgent season with Houston as he eclipsed the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the first time in his NFL career in 2019. He had 245 carries for 1,070 yards in 16 games, good for a 4.4 yards/carry average. He had six rushing touchdowns. He also caught another 10 passes for 42 yards through the air.