• Matthew Ryan

Boston Scott Could be the Eagles Kickoff Returner in the 2019-20 Season

Boston Scott is a five foot seven running back that went to Zachary High School in Lousiana. Scott attended Lousiana Tech where he was very low down on the depth chart. Scott redshirted his freshman year, making him eligible for a five-year college career. After getting only one carry in his freshman season, Scott got more and more reps every year but never became the team's full-time starter. Scott finished his college career with 1840 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Despite the low usage in college, Scott was drafted with the 201st overall pick in the 6th round by the New Orleans Saints.

Scott had an excellent pre-season for the saints, racking up 121 yards on just 25 carries while adding a touchdown. It looked like Scott was going to be the teams kick returner as he was averaging about 27 yards per return in the pre-season, but the team abruptly released Scott a few days after the finalized their 53-man roster. Scott was immediately signed to the Saints practice squad. Scott remained on the practice squad for about three months until the Eagles decided to sign him late in the season.

The Eagles brought Scott in to take some of the kick return reps where he averaged 24 yards per return in just two games. Scott did not get any reps at running back during the regular season, but the Eagles did give him some carries in the 2019 pre-season. In week two of the pre-season, Scott was featured on a drive where he had 43 yards rushing and capped it off with a touchdown run right up the middle. Scott looked a lot like Eagles running back Darren Sproles on his featured drive during the pre-season, getting lost in the offensive line and making quick, agile moves to break tackles in the open field. Sproles is entering his last season in the NFL and Scott could really learn a lot playing behind someone who is the same size and has the same style of play as him. Scott has been taking most of the kickoff return reps this pre-season which will likely be his role on the team if he makes the 53-man roster due to the Eagle already having seven running backs above Scott on the depth chart.


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