Eagles Sign

The Philadelphia Eagles have a vacancy on their roster with the departure of Craig James. Before the first 2022 training camp session on Wednesday, they’ll be searching for a replacement.

BGN Radio co-host Jimmy Kempski said that the Birds will have open tryouts for numerous free agents on Monday at the NovaCare Complex.

To the best of my knowledge, just one of those players has been identified as of the time I started writing this. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Eagles have agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys running back JaQuan Hardy, who was released on Sunday. “There is optimism about a signing,” Tomasson said in a subsequent interview.

Maybe the Eagles didn’t want non-Hardy tryout players to feel like they were wasting their time by coming up, which could explain this blunder? It doesn’t matter how well he does in his exercise; he’s already guaranteed a spot on the team. I’m speculating once more.

However, signing Hardy would be a good move for the Cardinals in any scenario. Five running backs are on the roster currently, which is a tad low. Hardy, on the other hand, is the heaviest player at his position.

Hardy is the Eagles’ largest running back at 5’10” and 225 pounds. Two pounds heavier than Miles Sanders in his debut year, undrafted free agent Kennedy Brooks is the second-heaviest player in the league.

Eagles Sign Running Back

Due to the Eagles’ decision not to re-sign Jordan Howard, the team is now without a genuine “bigger back.” The Hardy mold can be filled for them. Of course, size isn’t all that important. Is Hardy a good movie?

When he was a student at Tiffin University in Division II, he was an effective running back who racked up 3,207 yards and 28 touchdowns on 501 carries. When the pandemic shut down his team’s football program in 2020, Hardy was unable to play. As a rookie free agent in 2021, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

In preseason in 2021, Hardy rushed for 26 yards on 77 carries (2.96 average). While he spent the majority of his rookie season on Dallas’ practice squad, he did manage to gather 29 yards and a touchdown in his little action (which came against the Eagles in Week 18 last year).

Eagles Sign Running Back

Prior to being cut earlier this month, Hardy was in contention for a spot on the Dallas roster as the team’s third running back this season. Blogging The Boys recently wrote a piece about him that we’re not happy about:

As a Tiffin College Division II standout and a fan favorite for Hard Knocks 2021, Hardy has a lot to live up to.

Although Hardy is a Division II graduate, he possesses the size and speed necessary to succeed in the NFL. Weighing 225 pounds, he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds. He stands at 5’10”. With 31 touchdowns in just 33 games played while in college, he was unstoppable.

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A 7.6-yard average per carrying was the result of his final season as Tiffin’s running back. This is the kind of stat line a Division II player needs to have in order to be considered for professional opportunities. Every opportunity you get, you must completely dominate your opponent.

HBO’s Hard Knocks series included the Cowboys in its 2021 season premiere. Many people first saw Hardy in that episode, and by the time the series ended, he was a popular favorite. However, despite appearing in only three games during his rookie season, Hardy did earn an opportunity to play in the NFL because of his role on the TV show.

Eagles Sign Running Back

Against the Philadelphia Eagles, as this highlight shows, Hardy made the most of his opportunity. In three games, Hardy appeared in 66 percent of the special team’s snaps, making him the team’s most-used special teams player.

He has a strong burst, but he appears to be quicker than straight-line fast from his college and early NFL tapes. As a bonus, he’s a master at disguise. As with Dowdle, Hardy also has a proclivity for squandering possession of the ball and isn’t a great pass-catcher.

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So, he’ll have to perform well in training camp and the preseason for the Eagles if he’s signed. Among those expected to make the squad are Boston Scott, Sanders, and Kenneth Gainwell. Among the three remaining candidates are Hardy, Brooks, and Jason Huntley. As a matter of fact, five might be doable.

The Eagles’ other free agents are likely to fall into the same category as Hardy, based on his resume. That’s to say, rookies instead of established veterans.

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