PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Brown watched 228 players get selected in the 2012 NFL draft before the Philadelphia Eagles took a chance on him in the seventh round.
There are 31 other teams wishing they chose Brown much earlier.
The rookie running back has been outstanding in his first two starts filling in for injured All-Pro LeSean McCoy. Brown has 347 yards rushing — the second-highest two-game total in team history — and four touchdowns.
I was high on him when I first put the film on with the few plays that he had while in college, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday. With natural ability, he's a big, strong man that has speed. You put that natural ability and natural feel and instincts to it, and you generally have a good player there.
He has done well in the pass protection, and the pass protections are the most concerning thing with those young rookies playing. He has done a very good job playing that way as well.
Brown had 178 yards and two scores in a loss to Carolina on Nov. 26 in his first start since his senior year in high school in 2008.
He followed that up with 169 yards and two more TDs against Dallas. Both games were on national television, so Brown really showcased his skills to a wide audience.
To put those numbers in perspective, Brown already has more 160-yard rushing games than Bo Jackson had in his career.
Former Eagles greats Brian Westbrook and Duce Staley had one. Wilbert Montgomery had two. McCoy also has one so far.
But Brown hasn't been flawless by any stretch.
He's lost three fumbles in the two games, helping run the Eagles' losing streak to eight.
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