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Eagles Trade For RB Kenjon Barner

Posted Aug 19, 2014

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back and returner Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2015.

Said head coach Chip Kelly, “Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions. He’s obviously a guy I know really well from Oregon, where he had a very productive career. He has a lot of speed, explosiveness and had a knack for making some really big plays. But our plan with him right now is get him in Philadelphia as soon as we can and plug him in at running back and returner and let him compete.”

Last year, Barner was drafted in the sixth round by the Carolina Panthers after completing a stellar career at the University of Oregon. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back and returner finished his collegiate career ranked second in school history in rushing yards (3,623) and tied for second with 41 rushing touchdowns on 582 attempts. He averaged 22.5 yards and scored one touchdown on kickoff returns, while averaging 10.1 yards with one touchdown on punt returns in college. As a senior in 2012, Barner earned first-team All-America honors by rushing for 1,767 yards (second most in school history) and 21 touchdowns (tied for most ever in school history).

A native of Riverside, Calif., the 25-year-old Barner played in eight regular season games and one playoff contest as a rookie with the Panthers in 2013.

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