Philadelphia Eagles see low-risk, high-reward with Kerryon Johnson, 3 facts

Kerryon Johnson #33 (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Kerryon Johnson #33 (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Just when you thought things had gone silent around Novacare Way at the Philadelphia Eagles home base, the Birds, as they usually do, make a move seemingly out of nowhere. One day after being waived by the Detroit Lions, running back Kerryon Johnson has found a new home. He’s been added to the nest.

He now joins a running back room that looks a lot better than it did three weeks ago. Philly’s got a lot of bodies there now in the form of Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Elijah Holyfield, Jason Huntley, Adrian Killins Jr., and Boston Scott.

The theory is this is an Eagles squad that will take four guys into the regular season on the 53-man roster. Expect an interesting battle come training camp.

Here are three fun facts on the Philadelphia Eagles’ new tailback.

1. After rushing for over 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior at Madison Academy in Madison, Alabama, Johnson entertained offers from a slew of schools including Alabama, Florida State, USC, Clemson, and South Carolina before ultimately settling on Auburn.

It’s cool to see that The Tide doesn’t get everybody in Alabama when it comes to recruiting.

2. This former Mr. Football for the state of Alabama earned SEC Player of the Year and First-team All-SEC honors in 2017 before the Lions made him the 43rd-overall selection during Round 2 of the NFL Draft in 2018.

In other words, we know there’s some ability there.

3. The professional resume isn’t too shabby either (when he’s been available). Injuries forced him to miss 14 games over the course of his first two seasons, but he tackled the full 16-game slate for the Lions in 2020. That included two starts.

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His workload decreased heavily, and as a result, he posted the lowest rushing total of his three-year career (181 yards). With all that being said, this is a low-risk and high reward signing by the Philadelphia Eagles, one in which a young man with some ability could pay dividends if he can put it all together (a la Patrick Robinson).