The Eagles announced on Tuesday they have signed running back Kenjon Barner to their practice sqaud. Barner was acquired from the Carolina Panthers in August but was among the final cuts prior to the season. Barner's spot was made available when the Miami Dolphins signed safety Jordan Kovacs off the Eagles practice squad.
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.
"Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions," head coach Chip Kelly told PhiladelphiaEagles.com when Barner was acquired in August. "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."
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