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Noel Devine chooses the Eagles

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After it was believed for well over 12 hours that former West Virginia running back Noel Devine would join a crowded backfield in Atlanta, the one-time YouTube sensation has picked the Eagles.

The team has officially announced the move.

Devine’s arrival unites him with former Big East rival LeSean McCoy of Pitt.  It also unites Devine with former Pitt tailback Dion Lewis, a fifth-round pick who rushed for 2,860 yards in just two seasons with the Panthers.

So maybe the backfield is just about as crowded in Philly as it was in Atlanta.

The move also reunites Devine with Owen Schmitt, former WVU fullback.

UPDATE:  A prior version of this article indicated that Jerome Harrison also is on the Eagles’ depth chart at running back.  That was an error.  It was silly for me to rely on the Eagles’ official online roster as being, you know, accurate.

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23 Responses to “Noel Devine chooses the Eagles”
  1. ijabber88 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:01 PM

    Just sayin…..

  2. tjacks7 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:07 PM

    That’s a sick backfield

  3. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 8:09 PM

    Damn.. im jealous

  4. cotopolisprime says: Jul 26, 2011 8:11 PM

    The Eagles are not bringing Jerome Harrison back. Eldra Buckley is the other RB on the roster and he is a special teams ace. It will be interesting to see who shines in camp Lewis or Devine. Whoever can pick up the blocking scheme should have the edge.

  5. terrellblowens says: Jul 26, 2011 8:12 PM

    I loved this guy at WVU. Lightning in a bottle, like a Darren Sproles kind of guy. Hope he doesn’t get stuffed by those big D-Linemen

  6. r2thejbirdsfan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:14 PM

    Eagles don’t plan on bringing Harrison back. With the amount of carries he got last year I’m sure he doesn’t want to come back anyway. Like the signing… we need kick return help.

  7. jacksaysfu says: Jul 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    Beautiful pick up Philly! Now go get a CB and DE

  8. calmkiller says: Jul 26, 2011 8:23 PM

    Owen Schmitt and Noel Devine in the same backfield? Yes Please!

  9. saturn1111 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:23 PM

    “splash?”

  10. greengob1in says: Jul 26, 2011 8:29 PM

    I am surprised. Noel seems like a Dion Lewis clone. Looks like a lot of RB competition.

  11. terrellblowens says: Jul 26, 2011 8:32 PM

    Don’t blame the Eagles, technically Harrison is still a member of the Eagles regardless of whether or not he re-signs (he won’t)

  12. puckfitt says: Jul 26, 2011 8:36 PM

    Thank you for the update, you still get a Mountaineer infraction though.

  13. dixierecht says: Jul 26, 2011 8:37 PM

    Devine needs a job in order to pay for all his outstanding paternity tests. I type this as Major Harris washes my car.

  14. flybirdsfly says: Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    I don’t know how this kid went unsigned. LeSean, Devine, Schmitt? That sounds fantastic.

    This kid Devine, he knows how to hit the hole hard and fast. (That’s what she said)

  15. onderin says: Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    This seems like a bad idea. Can the Eagles get some power running ever?

    But then again, maybe you don’t need that when every position has speed to stretch the defense—including the quarterback.

  16. mdnittlion says: Jul 26, 2011 8:49 PM

    I hope they come up with a offensive scheme where they block for the outside run, cause this dude his not a through the tackles kind of guy. He did show some speed in college, but not as fast as most of the weapons on the roster.

  17. fmwarner says: Jul 26, 2011 8:54 PM

    He’s no Jerome Harrison. If Harrison signs somewhere else for a reasonable number, well, that sucks.

  18. macjacmccoy says: Jul 26, 2011 8:55 PM

    I think the running game is going to take a step back this year with the new o-line coach. He is very good at getting his guys to pass block but the Colts havent been able to run the ball since Edgerin James was relevant.

  19. claydefayette says: Jul 26, 2011 8:57 PM

    It would have been nice to have a change of pace back, but Devine is good.

  20. drbob117 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:00 PM

    The Eagles announced that they won’t be signing ANY of their own free agents, including Harrison, Rocca , Mikell( already a Ram) , Bradley, Nick Cole, Jean-Gilles,Akers, but they all are listed on the roster for now; the Eagles update the website every couple of hours , but the rosters and depth charts are usually about 3 days to a week behind.

  21. caseysarasota says: Jul 26, 2011 9:17 PM

    i know that patience is a virtue…but these kinds of posts are getting frustrating! I want to see some names of some serious players! Cromartie/ Asomougha/Barnett/Taylor… SOMETHING! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY. Noel Devine makes a great backfield…awesome…now lets get to SPLASHING IN FREE AGENCY EAGLES…PLEASE!

  22. We'reFineThere says: Jul 26, 2011 9:57 PM

    I’d just like to point out that YouTube was created in 2005 and his famed freshman highlights came from the 2003 season. Noel preceded YouTube. First HS football player I ever watched online.

  23. jroman11 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    No mention of Graig Cooper from The U, huh? I like this young running back battle. Forget Harrison or any of these other vets. Let the kids battle it out and see who sticks.

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