Eagles acquire running back

Posted: August 21, 2014

THE LAST game Chip Kelly coached for the Oregon Ducks, Kenjon Barner was electric. Oregon defeated Kansas State, 35-17, in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, and after gaining 143 yards on 31 carries, Barner talked to reporters about what was special about the coach the Eagles were about to hire.

"Sitting in a meeting room with him is a lot different than sitting in a meeting room with anybody I've ever sat with, because it's not just about football, it's about life," said Barner, who amassed 126 yards on 27 second-half carries. "He teaches you life lessons."

Barner is going to get another chance at learning life lessons from Kelly, after the trade last night that brought him from the Carolina Panthers to the Eagles for a conditional seventh-round draft pick next spring.

The Birds, who opened up a roster spot earlier yesterday by releasing linebacker Jason Phillips, might find Barner useful in the kick-return game, with Josh Huff telling reporters yesterday that he has an AC sprain.

Barner, 5-9, 185, was a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2013 who appeared in eight games last season. He was first-team All-America in 2012.

"Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions," Kelly said in a statement released by the Eagles. "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. But our plan right now is to get him in Philadelphia as soon as we can and plug him in at running back and returner and let him compete."

- Les Bowen

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