The Detroit Lions wanted to bring Jason Huntley back on practice squad after they cut him Saturday. The Philadelphia Eagles had a different idea.
The Eagles claimed Huntley on waivers Sunday and the rookie running back will join Philadelphia’s 53-man roster.
Waiving Huntley was one of the Lions’ most scrutinized decisions at the cut to 53 players this weekend.
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He shined in pass-catching drills during training camp and showed elusiveness in the open field, but the Lions kept more polished second-year running back Ty Johnson in a backup role instead.
D’Andre Swift, Kerryon Johnson and the newly signed Adrian Peterson are expected to front the Lions’ backfield rotation this season. Bo Scarbrough also made the initial 53-man roster as a backup.
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The Lions must make a roster move to free up space for Peterson.
A fifth-round pick out of New Mexico State, Huntley is the highest Lions draft pick to not stick with the team out of training camp during Bob Quinn’s five-season tenure as general manager.
The Lions, who were third in the waiver order, did not place any waiver claims.
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