Kerryon Johnson looking forward to competing with Eagles’ other running backs

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When the Eagles claimed running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers, they were adding him to a crowded running back room that already featured Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Jason Huntley, as well as fifth-round rookie Kenneth Gainwell. Johnson welcomes being part of that crowd.

Johnson said he sees a running back room with proven veterans and young, hungry guys, and he is glad to compete with them.

“My expectation is to compete,” Johnson said. “I don’t think having a crowded room full of talented guys is ever an issue. All it’s going to do is make every single one of us perform at our best. It’s going to give us the best product in the end on the field.”

As a second-round pick, Johnson didn’t have to compete to make a roster during his three years in Detroit. But the new regime in Detroit decided to move on from him, and now Johnson hopes the competition makes him better, and that he makes the Eagles better.

11 responses to “Kerryon Johnson looking forward to competing with Eagles’ other running backs

  1. He won’t be RB1 because that rightfully belongs to Sanders, but with all due respect to Boston Scott, who should be RB3, Johnson should easily be RB2.

    His biggest obstacle isn’t the competition in the RB room, it’s staying healthy.

  2. Great attitude and approach to his current situation. Guaranteed to win over the powers that be with it. If nothing else, other teams will likely grab him for a look-see, if he gets waived again later during roster reductions.

  3. Eagles add a 23 year old Johnson who is ready and willing to compete. Solid pickup by the birds who need to continue to add players of this mold.

  4. If he hasn’t lost too much of his burst, a healthy Kerryon could be helpful either toting or catching the rock.

    If the Eagles are only going with three backs, Kerryon and Gainwell — probably the best back at pass-catching back in this year’s draft — could make Scott and Howard obsolete.

    With Sanders, Gainwell, and Kerryon on the roster, switching out personnel would make the play call less obvious because all three are capable of carrying or catching.

    Should be interesting…

  5. If only a certain QB could grow up & feel the same way, instead of pouting & feeling severely disrespected.

  6. Reunited with Huntley in the RB room. Guess Detroit just can’t figure out running backs.

  7. If nothing else, Kerryon is an outstanding pass blocker who can catch. As a runner he will get whats blocked and can break some tackles. He should contribute for the Eagles.

  8. I’m hoping Kenny G is so good, that it breaks like this:
    1. Sanders
    2. Kenny G
    3. Johnson
    4. Scott

  9. another guy looking forward to competing. Who are the guys that are afraid of competition?

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