Eagles claim a super speedy running back to round out position originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
It looks like the Eagles are going to have a fourth running back after all.
After he was waived by the Lions on Saturday, the Eagles have claimed fifth-round running back Jason Huntley.
The Eagles cut Cre'Von LeBlanc in a corresponding move.
The speedy Huntley, 22, was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round out of New Mexico State this spring. Huntley (5-9, 193) was the 172nd pick in the draft.
All offseason, the Eagles were focused on getting faster and this waiver claim continues that trend. Huntley can absolutely fly.
While Huntley didn’t get an invite to the NFL Combine, he showed off his speed in March at the New Mexico State pro day, where he posted a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. His 40 time and broad jump would have been first at the combine and his vertical jump would have been third.
And his highlights from college are really fun to watch too.
So why did the Lions get rid of him?
Here’s what Justin Rogers from The Detroit News wrote about Huntley after the Lions cut him:
“Huntley had impressed as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, while also showing some potential as a between-the-tackles runner. On the flip side, his blocking was clearly a work in progress and he had some struggles cleanly fielding kicks and punts, where he was initially expected to compete for a job.”
In his four seasons at New Mexico State, Huntley rushed for over 2,100 yards and had over 3,300 yards receiving. As a senior in 2019, Huntley had 1,090 rushing yards and 1,282 reaching yards with 20 offensive touchdowns.
Huntley also worked as a very successful kick returner and could do that for the Eagles. In his four college seasons, Huntley averaged 25.8 yards per kick return and took five to the house.
The Eagles had three players that they waived get claimed elsewhere.