If Scott could play the Giants every week, he'd be a superstar. The veteran backup has scored in all six of his career matchups against them. But the rest of the time he's completely dependent on the health of Miles Sanders. Now that Kenneth Gainwell has a year under his belt, it's no certainty that Scott would see more than half the touches even if Sanders was out. Scott should not be drafted in the first 12 rounds and will likely end up on the waiver wire if Sanders is healthy the first four weeks of the season.
The Eagles and Scott agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Philadelphia is getting back a familiar face to its backfield in Scott, who didn't receive a tender from the team as a restricted free agent this offseason. No matter, he's set to reprise his complementary role to starter Miles Sanders, which amounted to 100 touches for 456 yards from scrimmage and seven rushing TDs in 16 games last season.
Scott was not tendered by the Eagles, so he'll become a free agent when the new league year starts March 16, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Scott appeared in 16 games in each of the last two campaigns and finished with at least 80 carries and 370 yards in both seasons. However, last year, the 5-foot-6 running back was a revelation in the red zone, as he finished with a career-high seven touchdowns. Scott will test free agency, but Zangaro suggests that a return to Philadelphia may still be possible.
Scott rushed once for 34 yards and a touchdown while securing his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Buccaneers. Scott took on a backup role during Sunday's playoff matchup since Miles Sanders was available, but he still scored one of the Eagles' two touchdowns in the loss. The 26-year-old didn't have much fantasy value when Sanders was on the field, and he totaled 87 carries for 373 yards and seven touchdowns while securing 13 of 16 targets for 83 yards during the regular season. Scott is slated to become a restricted free agent during the offseason but will likely remain in a secondary role if he stays with the Eagles.
Scott and Jordan Howard are expected to rotate in behind lead option Miles Sanders (hand) for reps out of the backfield in Sunday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Both Scott and Howard were sidelined for the regular-season finale against Dallas due to stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Sanders was out for the second game in a row as he continued to recover from hand surgery. When Sanders was idle for the Week 17 win in Washington, Scott played a position-leading 52 percent of the offensive snaps and took 14 carries for 47 yards and two scores to go with four receptions for 39 yards, while Howard played 34 percent of snaps and finished with 11 carries for 26 yards. Both Scott and Howard will be hard pressed to see double-digit touches in the postseason opener, as head coach Nick Sirianni said that Sanders will face "no limitations" this Sunday after practicing fully Friday, according to Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com. That said, Sanders hasn't topped 60 percent of snaps since Week 6, so the Eagles should have small roles in the game plan available for both Scott and Howard. Scott is a decent bet to serve as a change-of-pace option who can relieve Sanders if there's any question about his ability to catch the ball securely in his return from the hand injury, while Howard's sturdy six-foot, 222-pound frame makes him well suited for short-yardage and goal-line work.
The Eagles activated Scott (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Philadelphia returned all of its players on the virus list to the active roster ahead of Sunday's wild-card game in Tampa Bay, including three key skill-position players in Scott and Jordan Howard along with tight end Dallas Goedert. Meanwhile, No. 1 back Miles Sanders (hand) was sidelined along with Scott and Howard for the Eagles' Week 18 loss to the Cowboys, which allowed Kenneth Gainwell (12 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown, four catches for nine yards) to fill a three-down role. Sanders' status heading into the first round of the postseason this weekend isn't yet clear, but if he's not ready to go, Scott and Howard likely would share most of the carries, while Gainwell would serve as more of a change-of-pace option.
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|12||11/27||Green Bay Packers||8||14.78|
|14||12/11||@New York Giants||26||20.06|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|18||01/08||New York Giants||26||20.06|
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