Auburn football: Kerryon Johnson joins crowded Philadelphia Eagles backfield

Former Auburn football star Kerryon Johnson has found a new home after his recent release from the Detroit Lions.

The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed Johnson off of waivers, bringing him in as a change-of-pace RB in what should now be a three-man rushing platoon in the city of Brotherly Love.

Adam Schefter was the first to report the transaction.

Per his verified Twitter:


Miles Sanders is the team’s RB1, and he stepped up his output in year two of his professional career that followed a three-year run at Penn State. Behind him is Boston Scott out of Louisiana Tech. Scott figures to be a direct threat to Johnson’s opportunities to catch passes out of the backfield.

Johnson has been hampered by injuries in his pro career after serving as the primary rusher on the last Auburn football New Year’s Six Bowl Game representatives. Detroit was clearly not the franchise he’d thrive on, but to be fair, it isn’t the franchise many players thrive on.

Even during Lions legend Calvin Johnson’s nine-year career, Detroit was able to muster just two postseason appearances. Oh, and an 0-16 record in 2008.

Johnson is now with a franchise that has won a Super Bowl in the past three years. Detroit’s current playoff draught is four seasons and counting.

In Philly, Johnson hopes to be a featured weapon on a team of Alabama Crimson Tide alumni (and former champions I suppose) with Jalen Hurts now at the helm under center. Hurts’ newest WR1 is fellow bammer Devonta Smith, who was selected #10 in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fly War Eagle wishes Johnson luck on his new team, and hopes he can be the Yellowhammer State’s greatest college football export in Philadelphia this upcoming season.