Eagles Could Wind Up Parting Ways With Charles Scott

Written By Bob Cunningham On Monday, August 16, 2010

Scott will be in a serious fight for a final roster spot.

Anyone who tuned into the Eagles' preseason game against the Jaguars this past Saturday so they could see sixth-round rookie running back out of LSU Charles Scott run the ball had to turn the game off feeling a bit cheated.

Despite being a fan-favorite to make the final roster in early September, Scott has been moved to the role of backup fullback and didn't receive a single carry in the Birds' first preseason game.

Instead, even with backup running back Mike Bell and recent acquisition J.J. Arrington unable to play, Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett saw the majority of the carries once LeSean McCoy called it a night.

The Eagles will most certainly not carry two fullbacks, with Leonard Weaver already on board as the clear-cut starter, so Scott could be in serious trouble.

Making matters worse for Scott is the fact that Mallett played well. He had 15 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, and showed the quick step that made him the CFL's Rookie of the Year last season.

Mallett is a cut-and-go type of guy who can catch out of the backfield very well. Scott is a big bruising running back with, at best, average hands. If you've been watching how Andy Reid puts his rosters together over the past 11 seasons, it's fairly obvious who he'd prefer on the team.

I would expect Scott to make it through the first round of cuts when the roster is trimmed from 80 to 75 at the end of August, but the final 53-man roster could, and most likely will, be a different story.

Scott could be practice squad candidate, but it's more likely a power running team falls in love with his size and scoops him up before the Eagles get a chance to stash him away.

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