Running backs coach Duce Staley emphasized Wednesday that the Eagles' offseason plans revolved around re-establishing a dominant ground attack similar to the one that led the league in 2013.
"We want to get back to just taking over the line of scrimmage," Staley said, via Philly Mag. "You do that of course with the offensive line. And you do that with good running backs."
"He's a perfect fit for us," Staley explained. "Exactly what we want to do -- full steam ahead, downhill. That's what we're preaching every day. One, two, three, four yards and a cloud of dust. And all the backs that we have, they're able to do that."
Although Murray is the favorite to lead the backfield in carries, he won't come close to the 497 touches he shouldered in Dallas last season.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur made it clear that Ryan Mathews will be heavily involved in a timeshare backfield.
"They're two really fine players," Shurmur said, via the Delaware County Daily Times. "They're two guys that have been starters in places that they've been and they're going to come here and kind of share the role which is, when you think about it, I think that's terrific that that's their mindset."
When healthy, Murray and Mathews are among the game's most effective north-south, tackle-breaking hammers. This duo's decisive, one-cut-and-go style is perfectly suited for Chip Kelly's power-spread offense.
Here's what else we learned during Wednesday's OTAs:
- The Chiefs' latest attempt at upgrading the league's worst wide receiver corps involves a position switch for De'Anthony Thomas, who has moved from the running backs room to the wideouts. It will be interesting to see if Andy Reid can incorporate the speedy Thomas as more than a gimmick big-play threat.