Despite an impressive summer performance, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to waive undrafted rookie free agent running back Henry Josey, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
#Eagles are planning to waive UDFA RB Henry Josey, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 29, 2014
News of Josey's release comes as a bit of disappointment. He managed to stay healthy the entire summer and really showed up in the preseason games. Josey finished with 34 carries for 225 yards, an average 6.6 yards per carries, and a long of 27 yards. He also contributed with 3 receptions for 39 yards and one touchdown.
Josey's release was not totally unexpected. The Eagles running back situation is/was unclear behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Chris Polk has missed most of the summer with a slight hamsting tear. Matthew Tucker looked good when healthy but missed some time with a hamstring injury and most recently left the Jets game with a left shoulder injury. Kenjon Barner has been OK but hasn't been overly impressive by any means. Barner, whom the Eagles acquired in a trade, left the Jets game with an ankle injury.
Perhaps Josey's release bodes well for the injury status of some of the remaining running backs. It remains to be seen which ones the Eagles will keep.
The Eagles can still elect to put Josey on their practice squad. In order for that to happen, Josey would have to clear waivers. The Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars are among teams in need of backup running backs and early in the waiver order. The Eagles will find out if Josey has cleared waivers by Sunday, August 31st, at 12:00 PM EST.
Josey took to Twitter to react to the news.
Thank you eagle nation it's been a blast, the journey continues! Appreciate the opportunity and support! pic.twitter.com/7x86q1Xsh3— Henry Josey (@I_AM_HENRYJOSEY) August 29, 2014