Eagles

Corey Clement hopes to 'unleash' Sunday in his hometown debut

Corey Clement got to at least act like a running back last Sunday. 

On his only offensive snap — and the first of his career — he lined up in the backfield with Carson Wentz, who shoved the ball into his chest but then pulled it away. It was a play action pass. Clement ran right and the play continued to the left without him. 

That's been the extent of Clement's offensive career in the NFL thus far. While he's already on four phases of special teams, he has one offensive snap and no carries. 

He's hungry. 

"I just want to unleash," Clement said. "I just want to show the world what I can really do."

Fans have been clamoring for it too. While the Eagles' run game either hasn't been good or hasn't been used enough, Clement hasn't even been a part of it.  

The running back from the University of Wisconsin and Glassboro, New Jersey, before that, is trying to stay patient. He's trying to be thankful for even being on the 53-man roster after going undrafted. He's trying to be thankful that the Eagles think enough of him to make him a core special teamer from the start. He even began his NFL career with a bang, when he picked up a tackle on the opening kick in Washington. 

That's great and all, but is this the week he finally gets involved on offense? 

"I hope," Clement said. "I said that last week but I didn't get any touches, so I'm just going to close my mouth on this one and just hope that at the end of the day, we come out with a victory." 

Remember, LeGarrette Blount couldn't even get a carry last week, so the Eagles' running back rotation remains in a state of uncertainty, at least to the outside world. 

Clement, 22, isn't shy about his desire to play more on offense, but he's been respectful about it too. He isn't taking shots at his teammates or the coaching staff. He just wants a chance to do more. 

And he thinks if he gets it, he'll be able to add a new dimension to the Eagles' rushing attack. 

"I definitely think so," he said. "And if I didn't think so, I'd be in the wrong business. I gotta have high confidence within myself because I wouldn't be on this team if it wasn't. They wouldn't have the confidence or the faith in me to even be on this 53-man roster. So like I said, I'm just being patient, just waiting for my time. Not saying anything and just showing up to practice. Going out there and just having a good time. When my time is called, just really give them something to think about." 

Clement admitted ticket requests from family and friends have been a little crazy this week. That shouldn't be much of a surprise. After all, this is the first home game of his career and it's happening a short drive from where he grew up and starred at Glassboro High School. 

He's hoping for more, but if nothing else, his family and friends will get a chance to see him on the field as a special teamer. 

"I've just been waiting, I've been waiting, I've been waiting," Clement said. "I've just been keeping that in the back of my mind. I'm like, 'darn, we gotta wait three weeks just to play on our home field.' But at the same time, just gotta be thankful for it all."