Eagles Sign Kyle Eckel

The Eagles have announced they have signed full back Kyle Eckel today. Eckel was an undrafted rookie free agent signing by the New England Patriots in 2005, and spent most of his time on the practice squad. He also spent a season with the Miami Dolphins, after leaving the military.

The Eagles have been shuffling full backs around like musical chairs this year, and have been reduced to playing DT Dan Klecko at FB.

Eckel is more of your traditional full back, who is widely considered a very good blocker. The Haverford, PA native stands 5’11″ tall, and roughly weighs about 245 lbs. Kyle was an excellent player in college with Navy, as he finished 4th in school history in rushing yards. His senior year, Eckel rushed for 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also collected 13-career 100 yard rushing games.

If Eckel gains the trust of Andy Reid, he could be used well as a short yardage/goal line back. He will probably not play much, if at all this week, because of his lack of experience with the Eagles offense. For now Dan Klecko will remain as the teams starting full back.

To make room on the roster safety J.R. Reed was released. I am not a fan of that, because I felt like J.R. really played well last year when the Eagles had some injuries. He certainly deserves to be on the team more than Sean Considine.

Topics: Andy Reid, Dan Klecko, J.R. Reed, Kyle Eckel, Miami Dolphins, Navy, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Sean Considine

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  • Freak

    Ian- what do you think is behind this fixation with FBs this year??  Is it strictly a blocking thing, considering their TE sucks ass?

    In ten years of Reid, I have never heard them go on so much about a freaking FB.  They run the West Coast offense for criminy sakes.

    It is beyond me why they pick up an FB and not a decent TE.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Freak – I think they need both. I think FB has been a huge problem, because neither Tony Hunt or Dan Klecko are very capable of playing the position. They both have huge holes in their game.

    Hunt is really a RB who can run and catch the ball, but can’t lead block or pass block to save his life. Klecko is really a defensive player who is a somewhat capable blocker, but is too big and slow to catch a pass, carry the football, or block down field.

    I like this move, but I also agree they have a huge need at tight end as well. L.J. Smith has given this team next to nothing, Brent Celek is a poor blocker and still very young, and Matt Schobel is completely worthless. I am actually pretty pissed that the team cut J.R. Reed instead of Matt Schobel. Schobel can’t block, and he drops easy passes. What is he here for?