Eagles Claim Speedy Running Back Off Waivers
On Saturday the Eagles were releasing players.
On Sunday they were adding.
The team announced today they have added speedy running back Jason Huntley off waivers from the Detroit Lions.
Huntley was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft out of New Mexico State, after rushing for 1,090 rushing yards as a senior. He added 40 receptions and 11 total touchdowns.
"He was a guy, a player that we had actually targeted back in the draft and through the Draft process," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "He was on our draft board with many guys but obviously he caught our eye back then when we were evaluating running backs. We are excited about this player. Excited about [RB Jason] Huntley, excited to get him in the mix. He's joining a really talented room with the three guys you mentioned plus the practice squad players."
He opened eyes with his 4.37 speed at this pro day, and is looked at as a possible kick returner, and a third-down back who can catch the ball out-of-the-backfield.
He joins Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Corey Clement in the Eagles backfield.
"It's a good group and a group that can be kind of interchangeable throughout the week," Pederson explained. "Excited to get him in. He's obviously got to pick up our playbook and get himself prepared and ready, and just look forward to the week ahead."