Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eagles sign RB Joique Bell, release Baskett

The Eagles made a small move today, signing running back Joique Bell off the Bills practice squad. Bell, an undrafted rookie out of Wayne State, had a solid preseason but was stuck behind Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo. A tremendous player in college, Bell rushed for over 2000 yards and 29 touchdowns and was the Division 2 player of the year last year. As a big back (5 foot 11, 220), Bell could be another short-yardage option for the Eagles.

Since Eldra Buckley is more of a special teams player, I would look for Bell to unofficially be the third running back. Of course, it's doubtful that the Eagles will actually dress 4 running backs on gameday.

To make room for Bell, the Eagles released Hank Baskett. Baskett made no impact at wide receiver this season, catching zero balls, but he did play on special teams. His release leaves the Eagles with just four wideouts, so don't be surprised to see them pursue another wideout in the coming weeks, or even re-sign Baskett at some point.

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