Trey Sermon has a chip on his shoulder, but he's also focused on the present. The Philadelphia Eagles running back is here to provide depth to a crowded backfield after the San Francisco 49ers released him a year after drafting him in the third round. There are a lot of factors that went into the decision, but the need for a lineman and the fact that the team invested heavily in Ty Price-Davis likely played a role.
The first time Sermon really got into a game of football, it was flag football and he was only 5. But he had the kind of speed that made people sit up and take notice. He sprinted across the field on kickoff coverage, barreled into a bigger returner and drove him into the grass.
At the time, that suburban Tampa youth league coach knew exactly what he had in Sermon. So much so that he moved him up an age group to play alongside larger 6- and 7-year olds. It was a move that paid off — Sermon quickly captured the attention of his peers and the spectators, too.