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Philadelphia Eagles claim Kerryon Johnson off waivers

Ex-Lions second round running back heads to Philadelphia.

Kerryon Johnson #33 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 14, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles added another running back to their team when they claimed ex-Lions back Kerryon Johnson, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson was recently released from the Lions after being drafted in the second round and playing three seasons with the team.

Johnson’s start in the NFL was marred with injuries, as he played in 10 and eight games his first two seasons. He then was relegated to the bench for much of 2020, and saw only 52 rushing attempts, while averaging his worst yards per carry of his career at 3.5 ypc. He was replaced by second round pick D’Andre Swift and future hall of famer Adrian Peterson.

Now with the Eagles, he will join starting running back Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and rookie Kenny Gainwell if he can make the team. He has the ability to be a good back in this league, but there is also a chance his multiple injuries have taken too much of a toll.