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Eagles Top This List Of Premier Backfields

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It should come as no surprise, but the Eagles' extensive overhaul of the running back position this offseason landed the team atop NFL.com's ranking of the best backfields in the league.

"Philly's deep and diverse backfield sits out there as the NFL's finest in my book," NFL.com's Marc Sessler wrote.

The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Bills and replaced him with the league's rushing champ in DeMarco Murray as well as former first-round pick and Pro Bowl selection Ryan Mathews. The two team up with Darren Sproles, the best all-purpose back in the game who earned his first Pro Bowl invite last season.

The Eagles averaged nearly 30 rushing attempts per game last season which means there is plenty of work to go around in the backfield.

"Murray gets all the headlines and attention, but I'm even more intrigued to see what the role is for Mathews and Sproles," NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said. "The way they do it, you go out there for a series. I think it's going to be a good fit. I kind of worry about those secondary runners when you get a carry here, a carry there. But the Eagles with their tempo, (Mathews is) going to get a full series and he's going to get a chance to get into a rhythm."

The rankings accounted for each team's quarterback and offensive line play. Seattle, Minnesota, New Orleans and Pittsburgh rounded out the top five. Washington came in at No. 15 among the NFC East rivals followed by the Giants at No. 22 and Dallas at No. 26.

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