Backing up LeSeanMcCoy is not easy, however rookie Bryce Brown has done a fine job so far. The seventh round draft pick is seeing decent playing time behind one of the premier backs in football. Many fans do not know about Brown and his road to the NFL. Brown wasn't even invited to the NFL Combine. The Eagles took an in depth look at Brown and saw potential.
Brown was a highly touted five star recruit coming out of high school. He atended Wichita East High School in Kansas. Brown earned All first team Wichita honors as a freshman. By his sophomore year, Brown had already had over 50 scholarship offers. Brown drew comparisons to former Kansas native and NFL hall of fame running back Barry Sanders.
He was the number one NATIONAL recruit from the class of 2009 (according to Rivals). It was reported that he ran a 4.32 40 yard dash in high school. Rumors floated around that Brown would play in the CFL right out of high school. I would religiously follow Brown during my freshman year of high school. I was a a die hard Miami Hurricanes fan, and Brown was slated to attend the U.
Brown did not sign a letter of intent with Miami. Brown visited Tennessee on March 13th of his senior year. Brown spurned Miami, instead choosing to attend Tennessee.
Brown found himself in a backup role at Tennessee. During Spring practice of 2010, Brown decided to leave Tennessee and attend Kansas State. It was noted that Brown accepted benefits from infamous Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro. Brown left Kansas State on September 29, 2011 (he played one game for K-State). He decided to enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Brown was considered one of the biggest "busts" in college football history (rightfully so... he was projected to be the next Reggie Bush). Many who knew Brown's story were confused when the Eagles drafted him. He silenced critics earning a spot as the number two running back in Philly. Brown has stated that this has always been his dream... he knew since day one that he wanted to play in the NFL. According to Brown, he continued to train and perfect his abilities even when he wasn't living up to his hype in college. The training and perseverance have seemed to pay off.
Once touted as the next "Barry Sanders", Brown is now a number two back in the NFL. It is a far cry from Sanders, but look at the situation he's in. LeSean McCoy is a young back with unlimited ability. He is a beacon of example to backs like Brown. A guy like Brown is a rare talent. Not many guys can play one collegiate season and find themselves as the number two back their rookie season. He still has room for improvement (Brown needs to step up in short yardage situations). Brown is a down-hill runner who compliments McCoy well. He is showing an attitude change for the better. Time will only tell what Brown will become. One can only wish the best for him. Eagles fans should appreciate the dynamic he brings to the Philly backfield.