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The leading rusher of the Doug Pederson era Eagles returns to Pennsylvania

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wendell Smallwood is continuing his NFL career by returning to Pennsylvania.

But no, not to play for the team that originally drafted him: the Philadelphia Eagles. The West Virginia alumnus is instead signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Eagles parted ways with Smallwood — a 2016 fifth-round pick — during final roster cuts last year. The Wilmington, Delaware native was claimed on waivers by Washington Football Team. Smallwood only logged 81 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards in 15 games played before they opted to let his rookie contract expire. Smallwood has been on the free agent market ever since the new league year began back in March.

I can’t imagine Smallwood is a lock to make the Steelers’ roster but, hey, maybe he’ll find a way to catch on out there. You might be surprised to know he’s actually the Eagles’ leading rusher from the Doug Pederson era! (Hat tip to Dave Zangaro).

Here’s the entire top ten:

Wendell Smallwood — 850
Miles Sanders — 818
Carson Wentz — 785
LeGarrette Blount — 766
Darren Sproles — 685
Ryan Mathews — 661
Jay Ajayi — 622
Corey Clement — 580
Jordan Howard — 525
Josh Adams — 511

The Eagles have seemingly found a special player in Sanders but this list isn’t exactly, uh, blowing anyone away. Like, think about how Ezekiel Elliott alone has produced 5,405 rushing yards for the Dallas Cowboys in this same time span.

Here’s a list of the other 11 players who’ve logged more than zero rushing yards since Pederson was hired as head coach in 2016:

Boston Scott — 245
Kenjon Barner — 186
Byron Marshall — 64
Nelson Agholor — 60
Terrell Watson — 28
Nate Sudfeld — 20
Nick Foles — 20
Josh Huff — 10
Bryce Treggs — 7
Greg Ward — 5
Alshon Jeffery — 2

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