The Philadelphia Eagles have taken a flyer on Kerryon Johnson, claiming the previous second-round decide off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Philadelphia provides Johnson to a crowded backfield because the Eagles will decide up the remaining wage on his rookie deal, a cap variety of $2,069,359 for 2021 (the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract).
Johnson electrified the NFL as a rookie in 2018, dashing for 641 yards and three touchdowns in 10 video games. He turned simply the tenth rookie because the AFL-NFL merger to common 5.4 yards per carry in his rookie season (minimal 100 carries). Johnson had a possibility to change into the featured again in 2019, however averaged simply 3.6 yards per carry whereas dashing for 403 yards and three touchdowns in eight video games.
A meniscus tear in his proper knee altered his season in 2019, one 12 months after a knee pressure prompted him to overlook the ultimate six video games in his rookie marketing campaign. Relegated to 3rd on the Lions’ depth chart, Johnson had 52 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns in 2020 (averaging 3.5 yards per carry). He has 1,225 dashing yards and and 527 receiving yards in three seasons (4.3 yards per carry).
The place Johnson suits within the Eagles’ plan at working again will probably be decided. Philadelphia has Miles Sanders because the No. 1 working again, however there are spots on the depth chart open for competitors. Boston Scott and 2021 fifth-round decide Kenneth Gainwell will compete for taking part in time on the depth chart, however the Eagles additionally signed Jordan Howard this offseason on a non-guaranteed deal. The Eagles even have Jason Huntley, Adrian Killins Jr., and Elijah Holyfield on the 90-man roster.
Johnson ought to discover a technique to make the roster and obtain snaps if he is wholesome. How Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni will use him within the rotation will probably be one of many intriguing storylines of offseason minicamp.