Eagles Claim RB William Powell Off Waivers

The Eagles added another running back to their roster today, claiming William Powell (5-9, 207) off waivers.

Powell, 25, spent last year with the Cardinals, carrying 59 times for 216 yards (3.7 YPC) behind a horrible offensive line. He also had 19 catches for 132 yards.

“The overall yards per carry wasn’t great,” said GM Howie Roseman. “But he was making a lot of yards on his own.”

LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown figure to carry the load, but the Eagles have made several moves to address depth and competition at the running back spot this offseason. They added veteran Felix Jones and also signed undrafted free agent Matthew Tucker. Tucker failed his conditioning test earlier this week, so he’s not cleared to practice.

“I think Coach [Chip Kelly] says it’s an important part of our program,” Roseman said. “You’ve got to be able to pass the conditioning test, be able to do that to play in the NFL.”

While Tucker is clearly on thin ice, he was not released. Instead, the Eagles let wide receiver Nick Miller go.

Roseman said Powell caught the Eagles’ eye last preseason when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 42 carries.

According to Pro Football Focus, Powell flashed some elusiveness, breaking or avoiding 10 tackles on 59 carries.

The way the roster is currently set up, Powell, Jones, Tucker and Chris Polk will likely be fighting for one or two spots.

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  • ACViking

    Regarding Tucker’s conditioning gaffe . . . stupid is as stupid does. IDIOT.

    • UKEagle99

      He would respond personally but he’s gassed.

  • devCal

    Albert Haynesworth is Matthew Tucker’s workout partner.

  • Dutch

    This should be the perfect camp for Powell. As it stands the Eagles defense misses a ton of tackles. With minimum effort Powell should show and prove to be one of the highlights of this camp breaking tackles and upping his chances of standing out.

  • Dominik

    This is a player that doesn’t sound orn read well when you hire him (and I’m not sold on the Preseason stats). Roseman apparently knows that (“The overall yards per carry wasn’t great” –> defending him already), but sees something in him.

    That’s ok, of course, you have to trust the GM on signings like that. But if have to say: you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the waivers list. There could be a OLB or CB or Safety that could really help this team falling of the truck after the TC – and we must hope that he clears the waivers list until we get him. He has to fall a lot, now.

    Have to admit that I don’t know where we were on that list previously to that signing, though.

    • Warhound

      Does making a waiver wire claim change your spot in the waiver “pecking order”?

      • ICDogg


        • Dominik

          OK, if that’s the case than my point is invalid and I don’t get the waivers list “pecking order”. What determines your spot on that list then?

          • UKEagle99

            I believe it’s Win-Loss, in the event of a tie, strength of schedule, in the event of a tie there, opponents record…

            We are either 3rd, 4th or 5th on win loss 4-12, tied with the Lions and Raiders. Strength of schedule order is Lions > Eagles > Raiders so I believe we are 4th.

          • A Roy

            I think it should be the same as draft order.

  • knighn

    Wonder if Tucker is trying to cover up an injury? I just can’t imagine a UDFA RB coming to training camp that out of shape. I hope he wasn’t getting dieting tips from Duce Staley.

  • Myke Lowery

    So, Matt Tucker fails his test and the WR Nick Miller has to get cut? that sucks for that guy. Also IMO shows they are either unsettled at a 3rd RB if they keep bringing in guys at that position or definately plan on running the ball..alot this year.