The Eagles have announced the have acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Barner, 25, was selected by the Panthers with the 182nd overall pick (sixth round) in the 2013 NFL draft out of the University of Oregon. Yes, another Oregon Duck who played for Chip Kelly. Barner played a limited role in 2013 rushing just six times for seven yards and catching just two passes for seven yards.
Barner was a real weapon at Oregon with some speed. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but plays faster on the field. In his senior season with the Ducks in 2012, Barner rushed 278 times for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 135.9 yards per game. The 5'9", 196 lbs. back also caught 20 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
With injuries to Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker and David Fluellen, the Eagles were thin at running back on Friday night in New England after LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Barner will provide depth while also contributing on special teams as a returner.
"Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions," head coach Chip Kelly told PhiladelphiaEagles.com. "He’s obviously a guy I know really well from Oregon, where he had a very productive career. He has a lot of speed, explosiveness and had a knack for making some really big plays. But our plan with him right now is get him in Philadelphia as soon as we can and plug him in at running back and returner and let him compete."
There's nothing wrong with some healthy competition in training camp.
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