The Philadelphia Eagles have signed undrafted free agent running back Kevin Monangai, according to an official release from the team on Saturday afternoon. The Villanova alumnus first broke the news via his Instagram account last week.
In order to make room for Monangai on the 90-man roster, the Eagles waived running back Matthew Tucker earlier this week. Tucker was released with a non-football injury designation.
Here's what we previously wrote about Monangai:
"Philadelphia showed interest in the 5-8, 205 pound running back prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. He attended the Eagles' local prospect workout day before also joining the team during rookie minicamp.
Monangai finished his college career with 3,167 yards and 29 touchdowns on 618 attempts (5.13 average). He also caught 38 receptions for 274 yards and five receiving touchdowns."
Monangai will have a tough time cracking the Eagles' final 53-man roster, but the rookie might be able to earn a practice squad spot with a strong showing this summer. Or maybe he'll be as good at that other Villanova running back who played for the Eagles, I think his name was Brian Westbrook. (But probably not.)
The first practice of Eagles training camp begins tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 2.