On the eve of the report date for the rest of the 90-man roster, the Eagles made a roster move, claiming former Arizona Cardinals running back William Powell on waivers. Wide receiver Nick Miller was released to make room for Powell on the roster.
"Certainly the way that we want to play, we want to make sure that we have good competition and we saw this guy, he was on the 53-man roster for Cardinals last year, he was their third-leading rusher," general manager Howie Roseman said after the transaction. "We studied him when we played them, we studied him in the preseason and for us it was a no-brainer when you're talking about adding him to our 90-man roster"
Powell, 25, originally joined the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent most of that season on the team's practice squad. The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder then spent the 2012 season on the Cardinals active roster, rushing for 217 yards on 60 carries (3.6 yards per carry) in 13 games. He added 19 catches for 132 yards (6.9 yards per catch). He also has experience as a kickoff returner, where he had an average of 24.1 yards per kickoff return on 21 returns, good for 15th in the NFL.
"In the preseason last year we studied him; quick, tough, good hands, got a lot of work," Roseman said. "So he was a guy that we thought could upgrade the competition at the running back position.
"Good vision, quick, runs really hard, he can also return kickoffs ... he's a little undersized in terms of height but he's fun to watch because he's getting yards after contact."
Roseman was asked if the addition of Powell had anything to do with the failed conditioning test of rookie running back Matthew Tucker.
"Well I think coach said it's an important part of our program, (you have to) be able to pass a conditioning test to be able to play in the NFL, but for us we have to press our guys and have competition," said Roseman. "We're excited to add him and see what he can do."
Miller, 26, signed with the Eagles as a free agent during the offseason.
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