Philadelphia Eagles welcome back running back Kenjon Barner
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Kenjon Barner to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Sometimes you find help in familiar places. Well, in the case of the Philadelphia Eagles, they found much-needed help from a familiar face. On Tuesday, one day after announcing running back Darren Sproles‘ season, and possibly his career, are over, the Eagles replaced their latest addition to the team’s IR with one of their former players, running back Kenjon Barner.
He joins a running back corps that includes an underused LeGarrette Blount, second-year vet Wendell Smallwood and rookie Corey Clement.
Take a look at the official announcement from the team.
A special teams ace:
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The majority of this decision probably has to do with his ability in the return game. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round with the 182nd-overall pick back in 2013. In August of 2014, he was traded to Philly for a conditional seventh-round pick.
For his career, he’s carried the rock 61 times. That’s led to 260 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also snagged 16 receptions for 71 yards. It’s on special teams, however, that he’s made his greatest contribution. Again, that’s probably the biggest reason for his addition.
He isn’t Darren Sproles, but then again, how many people are? Irregardless, he places the Eagles back at the 53-man limit and gives Dave Fipp another weapon on special teams. It’s doubtful, he’ll get a ton of carries as he’s now looking up the depth chart at three other names. Then again, Doug Pederson is the head coach of this team, and he doesn’t seem to want to give the ball to LeGarrette Blount consistently.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.