The Eagles made a surprising move on Friday, claiming running back Kerryon Johnson off of waivers after he was released by the Detroit Lions.
Johnson, 5-foot-11, 211 pounds, spend the last three seasons with Detroit, finishing his time with the Lions with 344 total touches for 1,752 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Here are three things to know about Johnson and what it means for the Eagles:
*** Johnson is just three years removed from being a second-round pick by the Lions and showed a ton of potential his rookie season when he finished with 854 totals yards on 150 touches in just 10 games. Johnson’s rookie season came to an early end when he suffered a knee injury in Week 11. Johnson also missed eight games in 2019 due to the knee injury. He did, however, play 16 games last season.
*** Johnson has shown he can be a threat out of the backfield, averaging 8.6 yards-per-catch on 61 catches over the last three seasons. He averaged an impressive 12.7 yards-per-catch in 2019, but it came on just 10 catches. With Johnson, Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell on the roster, the Eagles have a very solid set of receiving backs for head coach Nick Sirianni to work with.
*** The decision to claim Johnson was a good one by the Eagles. The Eagles are at a point in their rebuild where they need to collect as much talent as possible and figure the rest out later. Johnson is a perfect low-risk, high-reward option for the team. Although he isn’t a lock to make the team, as long as he shows something in training camp, he should make the roster. With Sanders and Gainwell locks, the addition of Johnson means that at least one — and probably two — of Boston Scott, Jordan Howard or Jason Huntley will not be making the team.
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