Roundup: Eagles’ Westbrook dealing with less carries

Eagles RB Brian Westbrook had just eight touches against the Buccaneers last week, a surprising scene to not only fantasy owners and Philadelphia fans alike but to Westbrook himself. Eagles coach Andy Reid has said that Westbook could split more carries with rookie RB LeSean McCoy in the future.

Westbrook told reporters that he understands the situation and he wants to be a good teammate. Via the Philadelphia Daily News:

    “I see the plays and how they’re calling them, and in this offense, you call the plays for a lot of your playmakers,” Westbrook said. “This week, we called a lot of plays for Jeremy [Maclin]. In previous weeks, we’ve called a lot of plays for DeSean [Jackson]. I know that at some point we are going to have to run the ball. At some point, they are going to have to put the ball in my hands. For me, I have to be constantly working on my game, constantly getting better every single week, and I’ll have the opportunity to do what I do with the ball in my hands.”
    People who lament that Westbrook doesn’t have the same magic as he’s had before might not factor in how touches, and lots of them, lead to that magic.
    “You can’t do much without the ball in your hands, as a running back,” he said. “You can block and do different things like that, but you can’t really do too much without the ball. So, I just try to go out, continue to be a leader on this team, continue to try and help the younger guys, whatever I can do to help this team win, that’s what I’ll do.”

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