Steelers add former Eagles running back Jason Huntley

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Jason Huntley of the Philadelphia Eagles runs upfield during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 27, 2022.

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the addition of two players to the team’s practice squad, including defensive tackle Renell Wren, a day after ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. first reported the news.

Another player signed is former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jason Huntley (5’9″, 193 lbs), who joined the league for the first time in 2020 after being drafted in the fifth round by the Detroit Lions ( 172nd overall). from New Mexico.

In the 2020-21 season, he appeared in a total of six games for Philadelphia, accumulating 18 ball carries for 70 yards (3.9 yards per carry). He was released in the final round of Philadelphia’s roster cut earlier this week, recording 11 total carries for 93 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run, despite a strong performance in the preseason finale. did.

Jason Huntley is ‘faster than a fast gadget’

On what Huntley could bring to the Steelers: His running-back coach at New Mexico State University described Huntley as “fearless,” including special teams where he was a kickoff returner. noted having played different roles in the Aggies, Punt Returners and Gunners. In fact, he returned his five kickoffs with a college-age touchdown. And during his senior year at NMSU, he rushed the ball his 154 times for 1,090 yards and he scored nine touchdowns, averaging 7.1 yards per rush. .

He has also been described as “faster than a fast all-purpose gadget”. is not Perfect as a ball carrier between tackles.

In 2020, analyst Lance Geeline said, “He’s wiggly and elusive, but he hits a surprising amount and tosses like a bag of laundry as an inside runner.” A back that offers great versatility as a pass catcher, pace change runner and quality kick returner, he should be paired with a team that utilizes his vision and tempo primarily in stretch play. Or at least we plan to consider using him.

Joe Haeg to the Browns?

Meanwhile, former Steelers offensive lineman Joe Haag visited the Cleveland Browns on Friday. Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

The visit came the day after Hague’s visit to the Raiders, Mike Garafolo’s NFL Network Report “(a) a small number of teams” are interested in potentially signing the former fifth-round pick, it said.

Haig was released as part of the final round of Pittsburgh’s roster cut, effectively acquiring veteran offensive tackle/guard Jesse Davis from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2025. was exchanged with

LB Buddy Johnson works out with 49ers

Also working out Friday was former Steelers linebacker Buddy Johnson, one of three players who visited the San Francisco 49ers. According to Aaron Wilson.

Johnson was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2021 draft from Texas A&M. He has yet to appear in a regular season game.

The Steelers now have a total of 13 players on their practice squad, three short of their maximum of 16.


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