4. Boston Scott, RB
Ahead of the 2023 season, the Eagles found themselves in need of help at running back. Miles Sanders left in free agency after topping 1,000 yards and while they had Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott, there was no true lead back. They did sign Rashaad Penny but he’s had durability concerns throughout his career, meaning he couldn’t be the answer.
They finally did land their guy when the Detroit Lions used a first-round pick on Jahmyr Gibbs from Alabama. That opened the door for a D’Andre Swift trade and he came in and got the job done.
The former second-round pick from Georgia had his most successful campaign with 1,049 yards on the ground, 214 through the air, and six total touchdowns. He might have had some moments where he disappeared but overall, he did enough to be retained as he hits free agency.
As for players such as Boston Scott, that’s not going to be the case. Scott, who is undersized at just 5-6 and 203 pounds, is a fan-favorite due to his speed in the open field. But now as he turns 29 this spring, he most likely will be heading on.
2023 resulted in his lowest output since his rookie season as Scott had just 20 rushing attempts and four receptions on the year. He also returned just eight kickoffs on the season with an average of 21.3 yards per run back. It’s a far cry from the change of pace back who had seven touchdowns in 2021 but that’s the life of an NFL back.