Report: Eagles signing former Cowboys RB JaQuan Hardy

NFL: AUG 21 Preseason – Texans at Cowboys
ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 21: Dallas Cowboys running back JaQuan Hardy (37) carries the ball during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans on August 21, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)

In case you missed it, the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly signing a former Cowboys running back ahead of Training Camp. Chris Tomasson was the first to report that JaQuan Hardy would be signing with the Eagles, and while it’s not yet known if it’s been finalized by the team, it’s worth getting to know to the second-year running back.

Hardy went undrafted in 2021 after playing his collegiate ball at Tiffin University, a DII school in Ohio. He was once considered a 0-star recruit, making his journey even more special. Eagles fans will probably remember him scoring a touchdown against them in week 18. In fact, 26 of his 29 yards recorded that year came in that end-of-season matchup.

Who is JaQuan Hardy?

The Cowboys released Hardy just in front of camp, at least giving him an opportunity to land elsewehre as opposed to cutting him loose when those windows are nearly closed. Dallas has five backs on their roster, witht he duo of Elliott and Pollard being supported by a committee of underdogs. Unfortunately, Hardy’s talents were surplus to requirement.

On the surface, Hardy is 5’10, 225, and been louded as a ‘bowling ball’. This makes him the perfect candidate to at least go toe-to-toe with Jason Huntley for positional depth and bring a unique skillset that departed the backfield once Jordan Howard left.

The current RB Depth chart looks like this:

Miles Sanders
Kenny Gainwell
Boston Scott
Jason Huntley
Kennedy Brooks
JaQuan Hardy

The Eagles had one last vacancy on their roster following last week’s release of Craig James and while some speculated a wild trade for Jessie Bates III was in the works, it looks as though the Eagles have decided to pick up some backfield bulk instead.

The backfield is anything but settled in Philadelphia and although there are now six names on the depth chart, there’s only one long-term option in Kenny Gainwell. It will be interesting to see what kind of path the group takes this Summer, especially with such a potent passing offense.

JaQuan Hardy will be hoping to be part of that equation.

Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire

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