Never mind that he played Division I-AA college football at Colgate. Running back Nate Eachus, an undrafted rookie, ran for almost 4,500 yards in his four collegiate seasons. That total demands some respect no matter the level of competition.
The fact remains that it’s going to be difficult for Eachus to make the final 53-player roster. The Chiefs have four backs ahead of him on the depth chart, so Eachus is a much better candidate to land on the practice squad.
Q: What do you think your chances are to make the roster?
A: “I don’t like to look at it like that. I’m just out here competing every day. That’s not up to me to decide. That’s up to the coaches. I think I’m doing as well as expected.”
Q: Not many players can make that jump from Division I-AA to the NFL. Why do you think you might be able to?
“We don’t get much respect in the Patriot League. At the end of the day, it’s just football. I’m just out here running round, having fun. The game will take care of itself.”
Q: What is the toughest thing about an NFL camp?
A: “The heat. I’m from Pennsylvania and I’m not used to this heat. Right now it’s about 70 degrees and not humid (at home). Here, it’s 105 and humid. It’s a grind. You’ve got to get into the ice tub three times more every day and just treat your body (well). Your body is your money-maker in this business.”
Q: How are you as a blocker? You ran for almost 4,500 yards in college, so you couldn’t have done much blocking.
A: “I love to block. I wrestled in high school and I was a state champ so I’ve got a little bit of that technique behind me. The blocking aspect just kind of comes naturally. I got the ball, like, 25 times a game in college. My (running) style is as a bruising back. I like to deliver the blow.”