November 28, 2012, 1:00 pm
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For all of Bryce Brown’s impressive runs in Monday night’s 30-22 loss to the Panthers, the Eagles’ rookie running back can still improve on at least one glaring weakness displayed in his starting debut: ball security.
Brown, the 229th overall pick in April’s draft, rushed for an Eagles rookie record 178 yards on 19 carries and two scores, displaying his speed on a 65-yard touchdown run. However, he also coughed up the ball twice in the third quarter of a close game.
During Tuesday’s edition of Comcast SportsNet’s “Eagles Extra,” Brian Westbrook noted that Brown needs to work on how he handles the football. The way Brown was carrying the ball on Monday night, Westbrook said he thought the fumbles could have been even more abundant.
“He fumbled twice in this football game,” Westbrook said. “He could have easily fumbled six times.”
A former running back, Westbrook knows all about ball security. Over his eight seasons with the Eagles, he either rushed or caught the ball a combined 1,734 times but lost only 12 fumbles. That’s one fumble lost per about every 144th touch. But who's counting?
“Even within the football game, your coaches have to be there teaching you, telling you, ‘Listen, I don’t care if you get one more yard, control the ball,” Westbrook said. “That’s how the Eagles have been losing football games.”
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