Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: Chip Kelly Confident Despite DeMarco Murray, Sam Bradford Struggles, Darren Sproles Fantasy Start Option, Thad Lewis Signed

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Sep 22, 2015 09:22 AM EDT
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DeMarco Murray #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles
DeMarco Murray #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaps over Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter on September 20, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 20-10. "

The Philadelphia Eagles have had an uneven start to the season and DeMarco Murray has been one reason why, as the running back has struggled mightily through two games. Sam Bradford has also been inconsistent, but he remains the starter ahead of Mark Sanchez and the newly signed Thad Lewis, while Darren Sproles has the chance to step up in Week 3.

The Eagles have opened the season 0-2 after losses to the Falcons and Cowboys and now the team is looking to bounce back in Week 3. Murray has been completely bottled up in his first two games with the Eagles, as he has just 11 rushing yards this season. According to USA Today, Murray is off to one of the worst starts in history, as the stats show that since 1960 "only seven players have had 20 carries or more in the first two games of the season and have "gained less than 50 yards."

Murray led the league in rushing last season with over 1800 yards with the Cowboys, but he will need to have a major rebound to get anywhere close to that this season. With Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles on the roster as well, Murray could have a tough time getting to just 1000 yards if he doesn't shape up soon. Last season at this time Murray already had 285 yards and that is a stark difference compared to this season with the Eagles.

Murray likely will bounce back, but the Eagles are hoping it's on the sooner side of things or this could be a long season for Philadelphia. Sam Bradford has been up and down to start the season and he has struggled with four interceptions and two touchdowns in two games. Bradford has had some turnovers at crucial times and his inability to get things going has also hurt the run game. According to CSN Philly, Kelly said he still has "confidence" in Bradford and that he will remain the starter for the team.

Bradford was acquired in the offseason for Nick Foles and the Eagles have invested a lot this season in Bradford being a successful QB. Bradford has the chance to rebound in Week 3 and the Eagles need it, as an 0-3 start could be very tough to get back from. According to Pro Football Talk, the Eagles have shuffled quarterbacks, signing Thad Lewis to be third string after releasing Stephen Morris.

Darren Sproles can help make things easier, as he has shown to be a great PPR fantasy option already this season. Sproles comes in with 11 catches for 99 yards and he has also added 46 yards rushing in the first two games. Last season Sproles had 40 catches and he is expected to be even more productive after Kelly used Sproles split out wide on some sets. Sproles had 126 yards total against the Falcons in Week 1 and while he did not have a great game against the Cowboys, moving forward he is a solid fantasy option in deeper leagues and PPR leagues.

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