Philadelphia Eagles GM defends choice to keep Chris Polk on roster


In my opinion the most perplexing move for the Philadelphia Eagles this week came when they decided to keep running back Chris Polk on the final 53 man roster, even after he did not play a single snap this preseason and several other backs made quite an impression.

Matthew Tucker scored four touchdowns in August and that only earned him a spot on the team’s practice squad.

Henry Josey looked like a baby Adrian Peterson at times, but he couldn’t find a home in Philly and eventually was signed by the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.

Newly added Kenjon Barner was not too shabby in his limited preseason action either, but he could only rise as high as the injured reserve list.

So, why did the Eagles decide to go with Polk when there were a number of other options who proved that they deserved a spot on the team? Eagles GM Howie Roseman told CSN Philly over the weekend that it’s all about faith in Polk:

“We’re counting on Chris Polk here going forward,” he said. “I don’t know the exact timetable as far as practice…. Chris Polk has a body of work, and when you talk about backup spots, Chip has talked about looking for special teams contributions, and he’s done a really good job on special teams.”

But the NFL is all about what you can do for the in the future, now what you’ve done for me lately. I personally don’t understand the club’s decision to keep Polk. If it were up to me I would have gone with Josey or at least kept both and kept only three tight ends.

Then again, there’s probably a reason why Roseman is doing what he’s doing and I’m writing about it.

What do you think?

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