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.