Eagles Sign RB Elijah Holyfield
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - With Miles Sanders hampered by a sprained ankle and Jordan Howard still working his way back from a stinger issue in his shoulder, the Eagles added some depth in backfield Tuesday by signing Elijah Holyfield.
The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Elijah, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Georgia, spent the season on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
The Panthers did not make the postseason and started their reserve/future signings Monday and Holyfield was notably absent because he got the opportunity with the Eagles, who play Seattle on Sunday in the NFL's Wild Card Weekend.
During his final season at Georgia, Holyfield rushed for 1,018 yards on just 159 carries (6.4 yards per rush) and seven touchdowns while splitting duties with projected 2020 first-round pick D’Andre Swift, a Philadelphia product.
Thought to be a draftable commodity by most, Holyfield's stock took a tumble after a poor combine performance highlighted by a slow 4.78 40-time.
To make room for Holyfield on the 53-man roster, the Eagles placed defensive end Daeshon Hall on injured reserve. Hall tore his ACL on the final play of Philadelphia's 34-17 win over the New York Giants last Sunday. In limited playing time with the defense Hall played 51 snaps (5 percent of the team's defensive total during the regular season) and recorded one sack.
The Eagles are also expected to place Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks on injured reserve this week after he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the Giants.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen