Clement expects a larger workload this season, though he acknowledged there's a lot of competition in the Philadelphia backfield, Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Clement caught on with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie last year and ended up with a surprising role as the team's third-down back late in the season, highlighted by four catches for 100 yards and a score in the Super Bowl. He only caught 29 passes in 39 college games while playing at around 225-230 pounds, but he developed a new skill set after losing 10-15 pounds last offseason. While he may cede the third-down role to Darren Sproles (knee, arm), the 23-year-old has a strong case to handle some of LeGarrette Blount's vacated rushing workload, after taking 74 carries for 321 yards (4.3 YPC) and four TDs as a rookie. Jay Ajayi is a superior athlete and thus figures to fill the lead role, but he has a history of issues with his right knee and hasn't done much as a pass catcher in the NFL. Between the concerns surrounding Ajayi and those surrounding Sproles' rehab and age (35), it won't be at all surprising if Clement sees a large increase from last year's regular-season total of 84 touches.
Clement rushed just three times for eight yards but hauled in four of five targets for a team-high 100 yards and a touchdown during the Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. He also returned one kickoff for 25 yards.
The rookie more than made up for his minimal role in the ground game with an outstanding effort through the air, a performance he punctuated with an acrobatic 22-yard touchdown reception with 7:18 remaining in the third quarter. It appeared that Clement may have not had full control of the ball at the time that each of his feet landed inbounds, but the call ultimately survived replay review. The former Wisconsin Badger also notched a game-long 55-yard reception, and he put together a respectable first season that included a combined 444 rushing and receiving yards and six total touchdowns. His performance Sunday could serve as a springboard to a bigger role in 2018, particularly if the team opts to not bring free-agent-to-be LeGarrette Blount back into the fold.
Clement carried the ball four times for 17 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 34-29 defeat of the Giants.
The 10 offensive snaps were the fewest he's played since Week 6 at Carolina, but he saw his usual allotment of between five to seven touches for the fifth straight week. He'll be a risky play Week 16 versus Oakland.
Clement carried the ball six times for 24 yards and caught one of three pass attempts for 28 additional yards in Sunday's 43-35 defeat of the Rams.
The seven total touches were the rookie's most since Week 9. His 27 snaps came just one shy of his career high, while LeGarrette Blount saw just 15. Nevertheless, the Wisconsin product's role in the Eagles offense is the least valuable among the running back trio. He is not a recommended option Week 15 against the Giants.
Clement played 28 snaps on offense in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Seahawks, gaining seven yards on three carries and catching all three of his targets for 30 yards.
While not exactly known for his receiving skills, the 220-pound undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin got a good chunk of the playing time in obvious passing situations Sunday night. The game context limited LeGarrette Blount to just 14 snaps and eight carries, while Jay Ajayi led the way with 31 snaps and 12 touches (three catches). Clement nonetheless remains the least interesting commodity in Philadelphia's three-headed backfield heading into a Week 14 road game against the Rams. Ajayi is the one with upside, while Blount remains the best bet for goal-line carries and clock-killing work. Clement falls somewhere in between, locked into a decent role that seemingly doesn't offer much room for growth unless one of his backfield mates gets hurt.
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