I thought rookie Wendell Smallwood stood out yesterday in the Eagles workout by catching 10 to 15 passes coming out of the backfield. The youngster from Wilmington has got some soft hands as a ball catcher, especially for a running back. The rookie seems very sure handed when the ball in thrown to him.
In this offense, he’s going to get a lot of chances to catch the football, because Doug Pederson’s version of the West Coast offense includes throwing the ball to the running backs a ton.
If can learn what the wide receivers are doing in this offense, I could see them putting him in the slot. His ability to run with the football after the catch would make him extremely valuable.
You send him in the game as a running back and decide whether you’re going to put him in the backfield to run the ball or shift him outside and throw it to him depending on whether you’re facing a regular first down defense or nickel or dime. Of course you throw against the regular defense and run against nickel or dime.