When the Eagles first signed Leonard Weaver I was excited to finally have a legitimate fullback after so many failed experiments with trying to convert other players to fill the role. He was a proven talent and was sure to improve the Eagles offense. However, what many people didn’t expect was for him to have the type of impact he has had so far for this football team.
Weaver has 36 carries this year for 216 yards which is an average of 6 yards per carry and has found the end zone once (He’d find it more often if Andy Reid would call some better plays around the goal line). He’s also caught 12 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Sunday against the Falcons, Weaver had a great game. He scored in the first quarter on a pass from Donovan McNabb and had a phenomenal one handed grab which he took for 59 yards. With his five carries on the day, he averaged over seven yards per touch. This was important for the run game as LeSean McCoy was struggling to pick up yards on the rushes he was given.
His contributions have been much needed in the absence of Brian Westbrook and will need to continue as it is unknown whether or not Westbrook will return this season. Weaver has proven he can do it all. Beyond his blocking duties, he has caught passes out of the backfield and run like a bull when asked to do so. The Eagles have not had a true power back in quite some time but Weaver has been filling this role quite nicely.
Besides his work done on the field, he also seems to carry himself well off the field. He’s not the flashy trash-talker who makes you embarrassed after celebrating a four yard reception. It seems like he is very level headed and just wants to contribute to this football team. He knows what is expected of him and just goes out and does his job.
I am very glad to have Leonard Weaver on this football team and look forward to seeing more and more contribution out of him.