It looks as though we may be seeing the Bryce Brown show again this weekend. Andy Reid said today that LeSean McCoy has yet to pass his baseline concussion test. While Reid did not give a timetable for his return, when asked whether McCoy would play at all again this season, the coach said,
"There's a chance. We'll cross that bridge as we get closer to him being healthy."
There's certainly a sentiment among fans that there really is no point in playing McCoy again this season. Not only are the games not worth risking further injury, but the added playing time for Bryce Brown is probably more useful at this point. On that note, Reid said that more snaps may be just what Brown needs to help solve the fumbling issue that we've seen from him so far.
"Playing is going to help," Reid said. "Just the sheer amount of reps that he's getting, that's going to help. Then, he's got to make a cognizant effort of just keeping it high-and-tight, especially later in the game after a number of carries."
In two starts, the rookie has a pretty incredible 347 yards and 4 TDs and has been a big reason why the Eagles running game has not only not suffered from the loss of McCoy, but actually improved. Reid was asked what he saw in the very limited amount of time Brown spent actually playing in college.
"Well, really, you're taking it off of very limited film. He did rotate in with the starters at Tennessee his freshman year. I had a chance to talk to Lane Kiffin who coached him and he was positive about him. A coach at Kansas State that I knew [said that] before he was injured, he was positive. [General manager] Howie [Roseman] had done a ton of work on him, just background work, and then worked him out and so on and felt very comfortable. [Running backs coach] Ted Williams worked him out and felt very comfortable with him; a big kid who can run fast and had good feet. Once I had a chance to meet him and Howie and Ted had a chance to meet him, you understand that he was a smart kid. Those were the things."
Brown's performances have led ESPN's Eric Karabell to rank him as a top 10 fantasy RB for as long as he remains a starter. This Sunday should provide quite a test though, as the Bucs boast the top run defense in the NFL.