Fun facts on new Philadelphia Eagles running back DeAndre Torrey

DeAndre Torrey, Philadelphia Eagles (Imagn Images photo pool)
DeAndre Torrey, Philadelphia Eagles (Imagn Images photo pool) /

Things began with a few whispers and a tweet from a league source, Aaron Wilson. The Philadelphia Eagles had brought a running back, DeAndre Torrey to the NovaCare Complex for a workout. That one came at about 9:48 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

A little over eight hours later, TRI Sports Agency spilled the beans before the Birds made the official announcement on Thursday just after breakfast. Torrey is, indeed, an Eagle. Wide receiver Keric Wheatfall was waived in a subsequent move. Let’s get into some particulars.

Here are a couple of fun facts about the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles, running back DeAndre Torrey.

There are no guarantees as to whether Torrey can battle his way onto the roster. His signing appears to be a depth issue as the Eagles are scheduled to play their first game of the preseason slate versus the New York Jets on Friday evening. Boston Scott won’t be present because he’s recovering from a concussion. Kenneth Gainwell figures to be unavailable because of a hip injury.

Here’s what we know about the rookie.

Torrey shined in his final season at North Texas. Here’s how he describes himself.

The level of competition any prospect faces is always a talking point when we begin discussing past production. DeAndre Torrey racked up 3,228 rushing yards, 436 receiving yards, and scored 40 total touchdowns in 44 career games at North Texas with the Mean Green.

Prior to that, he cut his teeth at the junior college level, racking up 1,298 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games for the Bulldogs at Gulf Coast Junior College. During a February interview with NFL Draft Diamonds, he described himself as “selfless, tough, accountable, disciplined, and hungry”.

He’s comparable to Darren Sproles in terms of build. He’s also a huge OBJ fan.

At five-foot-seven and 199 pounds, Torrey is an inch taller and about nine pounds heavier than Darren Sproles if you’re looking for a size comparison. He’s also a huge Odell Beckham Jr. fan. He told Draft Diamonds in the aforementioned interview that, if he was able to hang out with any NFL star for a day, it would be OBJ.

We’ll have a chance to see if his skill set mimics either guy, but it’s safe to assume that we have a long way to go before we place him in that class.

The deck appears to be stacked against him. The Philadelphia Eagles are set at running back with Miles Sanders, possibly Jason Huntley, and the aforementioned Gainwell and Scott (whenever they get healthy).

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The questions are about whether or not he can grab the attention of another NFL franchise. This is his first opportunity to display what he can do versus NFL competition. We’ll have to see how much playing time he’s given on Friday evening.