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Is Corey Clement Philly’s Unsung Hero?

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The Rookie From Wisconsin Is The Unsung Hero For The Eagles

It has to be baffling for Philadelphia Eagles fans to remember that just last season, it was Ryan Mathews who was the primary running back for the offense. The Eagles had already signed running back LeGarrette Blount back in May and felt like they had enough talent in the backfield to move on from the injury-riddled Mathews. Philadelphia has shown they made the right decision. Although Eagles running backs like Wendell Smallwood or Jay Ajayi have shined in games this season, Philly’s unsung hero from Wisconsin, Corey Clement, has found different ways to prosper in a crowded backfield.

Corey Clement Can Do It All With No Problem

Philly’s unsung hero is the offense’s most underrated weapon. Clement’s first touchdown of the season came in Week 3 against the New York Giants. His 15-yard rushing touchdown tied the game in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles went on to win the game 27-24, thanks to Eagles kicker Jake Elliott’s game-winning kick. The rookie displayed his versatility in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins when he caught a touchdown in the end zone, the first receiving touchdown of his NFL career. Should he be getting more touches? Yes.

The Eagles Will Have To Make A Decision Sooner Or Later

There are currently five active running backs on the Eagles roster. Clement has proven to be remarkable this season. Carries will be hard to come by for running backs like Clement and Smallwood because of the acquisition of Ajayi. It is no secret that Ajayi was brought to Philadelphia to be the Eagles primary running back, which presents the Eagles with a big dilemma. It won’t be long until Clement realizes he could go somewhere else to get more playing time.

Denver Won’t Forget Clement’s Hat-Trick Anytime Soon

Clement put the league on notice when he scored two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown against the Denver Broncos. All eyes might have been on Ajayi, but it was Clement who stole the show with his performance. Philly’s unsung hero looked nothing like an undrafted player against Denver as he did damage every time he could.

It Should Be Ajayi, Clement And Then Blount

Philadelphia fans love Blount. I get it; he brings leadership and toughness to the backfield. Every football team needs that running back that can help them convert third-downs. Ajayi will be used to wear out defenses, and Clement can be played as the versatile running back that can be used in screen plays. Clement brings more to the table than Blount, and the Eagles will eventually see that.