Despite Mistakes, Bryce Brown Shows Tremendous Promise

Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce BrownBryce Brown rushed for a total of  476 yards  in college. In two weeks as the starter for the Eagles, he has 347. He has already matched the touchdown total (4) from his 13 games with Tennessee and Kansas State.

It has been sudden and spectacular and captivating. Brown’s emergence has offered promise in a season where promise has been impossible to come by.

To put Brown’s surge into perspective,  his 347-yard output over two games flirted with the team record held by the legendary Steve Van Buren, whose mark of  379 yards has stood since the mid 1900’s.

Thoughts of pairing Brown in the backfield with LeSean McCoy fans the remaining embers.

But, there is to be no joy without a caveat in this the 2012 season of discontent. Brown has fumbled three times in two contests, all of which have come in the second half with the game on the line.

Sunday’s came with about four minutes remaining and the Eagles down 31-27. Josh Brent punched the ball free after a four-yard gain and Morris Claiborne scooped it up and darted 50 yards to cement the Eagles’ eighth straight loss. Andy Reid did his best to encourage the 21-year-old on the sidelines.

The message?

“Just get back out there. Keep your head up, we’re going to back to it and we believe in you,” said Brown, “and he said he was going to get the ball back in my hands.

“Obviously I’m  upset about it but I’m not going to hold my head down. I have a great group of guys around me. I’m just going to get back to the playbook and get back to the basics and keep working.”

Brown has carried the ball 43 times over the last two games subbing for McCoy, who is out with a concussion. He had only 32 carries in the previous 10 games combined.

“When you get tired, when you’re in that fourth quarter and you’ve been grinding, you’ve got focus on that,” said Reid of keeping the ball high and tight. “He was trying to get every yard he possibly could and when you’re doing that you have to overemphasize and exaggerate [ball security]. You know until you answer it the other team is going to be going for the football.

“He’s a heck of a young player. I’m not making excuses for anybody. He hasn’t played a lot of football here. We’re asking him to get in there and work and get back into this.  Get used to being the guy and toting it. There’s a way you’ve got to go about that. He’s got to learn, but he will. He’s a smart guy and his effort is there.”

The hope is that these are just growing pains for the seventh-round pick. Clean up the turnovers, and the Eagles may just have something special on their hands.

“I’m just out there trying real hard to make a play,” said Brown. “I have to protect the ball. No excuses.”

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  • I’m a fan. He hardly played any college ball so his fundamentals aren’t going to be what they need to be. But I have faith he’ll get it right and be a HUGE bright spot for this team for years to come.

    • Myke Lowery

      reminds me of Arian foster

      • JohnGiam

        Yeah, the fumbling doesn’t bother me at all. There have been countless great runningbacks who had fumbling problems as rookies and went ontofixtheissue(Adrian Peterson, tiki). I’m confident that brown will focus on it, and correct the problem during mini camps, training camps, and OTA’s. helluva talent. The best part about Bryce, is that stylistically he is a very different back then Lesean, giving us a complete and scary backfield when the linear both backs are healthy. Hopefullythe next coach is from ravens, niners, steelers family tree. A coach that will pound the ball with two backs, set up play action which would really make desean a dangerous vertical Threat again, and build a strong defense. We really need to get back to strong defense, and ball control if we are going to see RGIII twice a year for the next decade

      • dislikedisqus

        He reminds me of JIM Brown

        • The Guru

          Arian Foster and Jim Brown after 2 games against putrid defenses? Slow down Speed Racers! The kid has been good, but let’s not induct him int he Hall of Fame just yet

  • borntosuffer

    It’s a good year for Brown to learn. His fumbles aren’t costing the Eagles anything this year and actually help them get a better draft pick. With a healthy offensive line, who knows how good these guys can be? I just can’t understand what happened to the D since Juan left. It’s just crazy.

    • Johngiam

      Since all we are doing is playing for draft position, the secondary is the strong point of our team, and Coleman is our MVP. The fumbles help as well! Fumbling is very correctable. No doubt that Bryce will get it taken care of intheoffseason

      • poetx99


  • Reid is sucking up to Brown so he can get a shot at him with his new team if Brown is ever a free agent.

  • Frank Berrodin

    He’s actually a surprisingly fast guy for his size. He was only a 7th rd pick because he didn’t really get a run in college. His best 40 time was 4.4.. That’s pretty damn fast for a big dude.

    • Myke Lowery

      ran a 4.37 on his pro day

  • dislikedisqus

    It’s pretty smazing but if he plays the last 4 games as he has the past 2, he would wind up with 1200 yards for the season.

  • FMWarner

    I’m really encouraged by his play. You can teach someone to stop fumbling – Tiki Barber was a notorious fumbler and managed to stop by holding the ball differently. Two top-notch running backs will be really valuable on a rebuilding team trying to find its feet.

  • Kimbafuzz

    I’m legitimately excited about Bryce Brown. Dude hits the hole HARD. I love it!

  • aub32

    If you think he’s good in real life, you should how they’ve updated him on Madden. He just runs straight through people, but I feel guilty putting Shady on the bench.