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RB Chris Polk - Philadelphia Eagles

5-11, 215Born: 12-16-1989College: WashingtonDrafted: ---

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Polk has regained the kick return job after recovering from an injury.

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General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday. Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short rushing touchdowns. On another snap inside the five-yard line, Darren Sproles took the ball for a touchdown. The Eagles have struggled in the red zone this year, and they think Polk's size and power gives him an advantage at the goal line. "Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game," LeSean McCoy said. McCoy has 10 carries inside the five-yard line this year and has three touchdowns.

General News (Wed Dec 17): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 16: at Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, one back of Dallas with two games to go - nobody has locked up the division yet, though, so this game against Washington is crucial for the Eagles, who have lost two straight games including the loss to Dallas last week. LeSean McCoy (16/64/0 rushing with 1/1/0 receiving) ran the ball pretty well against Dallas, only to have all his chances at TDs vultured by Chris Polk (2/6/2 rushing) and Darren Sproles (3/5/1 rushing with 2/8/0 receiving). McCoy is the featured back for the Eagles, but they have been increasingly giving Polk goal-line carries, dampening McCoy's fantasy football value (and Sproles has eroded his PPR value by siphoning off short catches). We'll see if McCoy can get back to scoring TDs as he did in Weeks 12 and 13 (none over the past two games). Back in Week Three the Eagles had just 25/54/0 rushing against the Washington rush D. The Washington rush D has been stonewalling some teams of late, holding New York to 22/49/0 rushing as a team last week, while allowing 20/131/0 to the Rams two contests ago. To date, Washington is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 101.0 rushing yards allowed per game, with just eight rushing TDs given out over 14 games played. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Eagles.

Recent Stats and Projections

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12 vs TEN 7 5 0 1 1 15 0 0
13 at DAL 11 49 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 vs SEA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 vs DAL 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
16 at WAS PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 0 * * *
16 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 0 * * *
16 at WAS PROJ-Bloom 3 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs DAL (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Polk had a great first touch as he spelled McCoy and came into the game for an 11 yard run as he knocked defenders over as he ran up field. He then carried for a 4 yard and 1 yard carries to end the third quarter. Polk had another couple of carries on the same drive for no gain and then a gain of 6 yards straight up the middle. Polk had another couple of strong 5 yard runs up the middle and showing some strength and patience and that if ever needed to be counted on for an increased roll he could be ready to do so. On the last drive of the game Polk had a 12 yard rush to the left and followed that up with back to back 3 yard gains to help kill the clock and end the game.

2014 Week 15 vs DAL (2 / 6 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Polk had a great opportunity as he came into the game on first and goal on the Cowboys 5 yard line and was given the carry and he made the most of it as he followed his offensive lineman's blocks all the way straight forward into the endzone for the touchdown. Chris Polk got another red zone opportunity after the Maclin 72 yard reception and took in a 1 yard run straight forward up the middle on a nice power run.

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Latest News

Eagles | Chris Polk the goal-line back? (Thu Dec 18, 01:18 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short rushing touchdowns. On another snap inside the five-yard line, RB Darren Sproles took the ball for a TD. The Eagles have struggled in the red zone this year, and they think Polk's size and power gives him an advantage at the goal line. “Some of the short-yardage stuff, Polk’s obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they’ve been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game,” RB LeSean McCoy said. McCoy has 10 carries inside the five-yard line this year and has three touchdowns.

Our View: McCoy has been unimpressive much of this season and after back to back 100 yard games in Weeks 12 and 13, he's back below 70 for two straight games. As he's only seen 4 touchdowns this year, it's not s shock Polk is getting red zone looks which limits McCoy considerably. We think McCoy has one of his better games against a poor Washington team, so he remains an RB1, but he is unlikely to score a touchdown this week again. Polk only seems to get touchdowns but inconsistently. He might see another one this week, but it's hard to count on it. As that's the case, he's nothing more than a deep hail mary in the neighborhood of a RB5.
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Eagles | Thursday practice report for Week 16 (Thu Dec 18, 12:58 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DT Beau Allen (shoulder), DE Brandon Bair (knee), DT Bennie Logan (pectoral), S Chris Maragos (hamstring) and RB Chris Polk (ankle) all fully practiced Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Eagles | Chris Polk runs with first team (Thu Dec 18, 12:55 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk opened practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, running with the first-team offense while RB LeSean McCoy looked on from the sideline.

Our View: An interesting note here, but don't read too much into it. Polk has been much more effective near pay dirt than McCoy has this year. We don't see Polk as more than a RB4 or RB5 even against Washington.
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Eagles | Wednesday practice report for Week 16 (Wed Dec 17, 03:03 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone) has been ruled out of the team's Week 16 game. LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (knee), DT Bennie Logan (pectoral), S Chris Maragos (hamstring) and RB Chris Polk (ankle) all fully practiced Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Eagles | Friday injury report for Week 15 (Fri Dec 12, 12:37 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), TE Trey Burton (hamstring), WR Josh Huff (hip), RB Chris Polk (ankle) and DE Cedric Thornton (groin) all fully participated in practice Friday Dec. 12, and are probable for Week 15.

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Schedule

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17@ New York Giants