Eagles sign inspirational running back to practice squad

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The Eagles have made a minor roster move to kick off their preparations for a Thursday Night Showdown with the Giants. According to an official announcement from the team, the Eagles have released TE Marcel Jensen and signed former Broncos and Browns running back, Terrell Watson.

The Eagles bought in Watson for a workout yesterday and have now signed the player to their ten-man practice squad.

After spending 2015 on the Bengals practice squad, Watson was later signed by the Cleveland Browns. In two years of preseason reps, Watson has amassed 187 yards on 41 rushes, receiving for 35 yards.

Watson’s journey to the NFL is one of heartbreak and inspiration. Having been left on a doorstep as a baby and overcoming learning difficulties later in life, Watson’s journey has been anything but easy. He spent his collegiate days with Azusa Pacific, where he broke 20 school records..all of which formerly belonged to Christian Okoye.

In 2014, Watson rushed for 2,153 yards and 29 touchdowns in just 11 games and as a result, now holds the school’s records for career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns and career all-purpose yards.

At 6’0 and 236 pounds, Watson is an incredible athlete..and that was showcased impressively at the combine.

40-yard Dash: 4.55
20-yard Shuttle: 4.49
3-Cone: 7.48
Vertical: 35.5”
Broad Jump: 10’3”
Bench: 22

The inspirational story of Terrell Watson is best learned in this fantastic article on The Guardian..but for now it’s taken yet another turn, sending him to the City of Brotherly Love.

The Eagles are likely to have Darren Sproles back this week, but with Kenjon Barner now injured as well, the unit is still light on depth..an area where Watson can help.

 

 

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