Polk already has 2 TDs for Philly – on 9 carries
Chris Polk heard of the player, he just didn’t know about the
When the Eagles second-year running back scored on a 38-yard
touchdown run in the team’s 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions on
Sunday, it was his second touchdown on his ninth career carry.
The last Eagles running back to score two touchdowns that quick
into his career was Charlie Garner, who scored two touchdowns on
his first five carries in a 40-8 win over San Francisco back in
”I remember Charlie Garner. I remember the name, anyway” Polk
said this week when told of the accomplishment. ”But 1994, wow I
was four years old.”
Polk, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, played in seven
games as a rookie for the Eagles, all on special teams. He didn’t
get his first carry until earlier this season in a blowout loss to
Denver. In that one he carried three times for 33 yards, including
a 28-yard touchdown run.
During last week’s snow-filled game against Detroit he carried
four times for 50 yards, with the 38-yard touchdown run. In
between, he got two carries in a win over the Giants.
”I know I have to be patient,” Polk said. ”And I don’t mind
that. I’m here on a good team, with a good coaching staff and we’re
doing well. I feel blessed.”
Polk is also taking advantage of playing behind LeSean McCoy,
the NFL’s leading rusher, and being coached by Duce Staley, another
former Eagles running back, who had his share of 1,000-yard
”I guess you could say it’s good and bad, having a guy like
LeSean in front of you,” Polk said. ”I just look at the good.
There’s so much I can learn from him, and that’s what I’m doing. I
watch the things he does, and how he does them. I couldn’t have a
better person, or player in front of me.
”And then to have Duce as a coach. He’s great too. I mean he’s
knows so much having just played the game and played it here. To be
honest, I think I’m in a great position.”
Polk’s position on the team is gradually moving up the depth
chart. Bryce Brown, another second-year player, has been McCoy’s
primary back-up, but as Polk continues to play well, head coach
Chip Kelly can’t help but notice.
”You keep showing us that you deserve time on the field then
that’s what it’s all about,” Kelly said when asked about Polk this
Kelly is happy to see Polk making the kind of plays for the
Eagles that he used to make against him when he was coaching
against him at Oregon in the Pac-12.
”The one thing I knew about Chris is he was just a tough,
hard-nosed, physical football player,” Kelly said. ”I mean, he
had 1,000 – I’m exaggerating – but he had like 1,000 carries in
college. He was the workhorse at the University of Washington, and
they just ran him and he kept getting stronger and stronger as the
game went along.”
It seems to be only a matter of time before Polk gets more
carries in Kelly’s offense, perhaps as soon as Sunday in Minnesota
where the Eagles take on the Vikings.
”Good things come to those who wait,” Polk said. ”We have
good running backs here, so I can’t be upset with anything. The
only thing I can control is my effort on the field. So I’m going to
do everything I need to do to get on the field and when I do I have
to make things happen.”
So far, so good.
”Chris has done a good job,” Eagles offensive coordinator Pat
Shurmur said. ”I’ve been impressed with him all the way from the
spring training sessions. You saw he has a burst. That was one of
those runs where he broke through – James Casey did a good job of
sealing one defender – and then he broke a tackle, and once he got
to the third level he was able to score with it. That (touchdown)
run kind of illustrates a little bit what Chris is.”
NOTES: Safety Earl Wolff (knee) and backup linebacker Najee
Goode (hamstring) are both listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
Wolff, who practiced on a limited basis this week, has missed the
last three games.