Philadelphia Eagles running back Jason Huntley
As time wears on, it’s beginning to feel, more and more like Jason Huntley is someone that will be one of the tough cuts on a team that only figures to carry four running backs. Philly’s done what some of us have been clamoring for over the course of a few years now. They’ve infused a youth movement at the running back position. Still, they choose to hang on to what’s familiar rather than go the route of exploring something new.
They’ve held on to Jay Ajayi for too long. They held on to Corey Clement and Darren Sproles for far too long. There were even rumors that there was once a courtship of an old and broken down LeSean McCoy.
Huntley is a part of a preseason battle that includes Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell, Elijah Holyfield, Jordan Howard, Jason Huntley, and Miles Sanders. There’s a ton of support for adding Howard to the roster, and even though that follows Philly’s recent trend of being unable to let go, that one’s baffling.
Howard is 26 and plays like he’s 36, but he’s been taking tons of second-team reps. He’s also lined up on special teams an awful lot as an up-back on kick returns. That normally means that the person doing so has a roster spot.
Scott is a fierce competitor. Still, it would be nice to say that we’re certain that he’s capable of having the performances that we’ve seen out of him, when the Eagles play the New York Giants, that we see out of him when this team plays everyone else. There are no guarantees that will be the case though as we’ve never seen that happen with any real consistency.
It feels like Scott and Howard will stay though. Sanders will obviously earn a place on this roster which means Elijah Holyfield and Huntley are in trouble. Most Eagles fans would probably rather see Evander Holyfield make this team than his son Elijah, but in terms of Huntley, he may only make this team if the franchise keeps five running backs.