Foles named permanent starter, McCoy progressing slowly for Eagles
The Eagles are out of the playoff race, which means that the rest of the season will be time for owner Jeff Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman to evaluate their personnel. They know what they have in Michael Vick, who has started 33 games for the Eagles over the past three seasons, so now it's time to get a look at their rookie who has improved in each of his three starts this season.
$3 million of Michael Vick's 2013 salary becomes fully guaranteed just three days after the Super Bowl, so the possibility of the Eagles cutting their hundred-million-dollar man seems more likely each day. The Eagles would save $12.7 million in cap space if they cut Vick before February 6th.
If you've watched the Eagles at all this year, you're probably well aware that they're dealing with far more injuries than just Vick's. Running back LeSean McCoy has also been dealing with a concussion since Week 11, and is still only in Phase 3 of his recovery - Vick reached Phase 4 nearly two weeks ago and still hasn't been cleared. McCoy has been replaced by rookie Bryce Brown the past two weeks, and the young runner has shown electrifying playmaking ability through his first two starts. Brown has 43 carries for 347 yards (an outrageous 8.1 per carry average) and four touchdowns in McCoy's absence, and is making teams look foolish for letting him drop the the 7th round of last year's draft.
Unlike Vick, McCoy is in no danger of being cut loose by the Eagles. Rather, he signed a big six-year deal this past May, so the Eagles are going to want to be very careful with him for his long-term outlook. The last thing the Eagles want is to have a Jahvid Best-type situation on their hands, in which McCoy is dealing with concussion symptoms for the whole offseason, or longer. Once again, the Eagles are out of the playoff race and have nothing to play for, so it's a good time to see if Brown can keep up the stellar performances and hold onto the football, as fumbles have been an issue for him the past two games.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles hold McCoy out for the remainder of the season, and if he does return, he's highly unlikely to resume his usual workhorse role - Brown will still be heavily in the mix. If you picked up Bryce Brown for your fantasy playoff run, you've got to be ecstatic about that move right about now.