Posted by Andy Benoit
Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times reports that the Eagles have contacted the Bills about the status of running back Marshawn Lynch. This indicates that the outlook for LeSean McCoy and his fractured rib might be bleaker than hoped.
Lynch has been the No. 1 runner in the Bills’ crowded backfield this season, though many believe the team is simply showcasing the fourth-year pro in an effort to increase his trade value. (Such a tactic is common in baseball but not common in the short-seasoned, win-now-at-all-costs NFL.)
Despite being Buffalo’s top runner, Lynch has just 37 carries for 164 yards on the season. He lost a fumble Sunday in the disaster against the Jets and finished the day with only eight yards on four carries. Lynch, a first-round pick out of Cal, rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a pro.
It’s possible the Eagles could be looking at Lynch as a backup to McCoy. Former Saint Mike Bell has been essentially a non-factor in that role so far. And the team has not found a replacement for injured Leonard Weaver, who used to be the primary ballcarrier in two tight end sets.
Lynch, unlike all of Philly’s current running backs not named LeSean McCoy, has the versatile receiving prowess that the screen pass-loving Eagles covet.