Panthers RB Barner traded to Eagles for draft pick
Kenjon Barner is joining his former college coach, Chip Kelly, as part of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The second-year Carolina Panthers running back was traded to the Eagles on Tuesday for a 2015 conditional seventh-round pick.
"Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions," Kelly said in a team statement. "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.”
With running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart getting healthy and the emergence of third-year man Fozzy Whittaker, something had to give with the Carolina Panthers running back situation.
Barner was selected in the sixth round by the Panthers in last year's NFL Draft and had a limited rookie role last season.
He tallied just six carries for seven yards on the ground and made two catches for seven yards. Barner also played on special teams, returning a pair of kickoffs for 17 yards.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Oregon alum was expected to contribute on kickoff returns and entered the preseason No. 1 on the depth chart at both kickoff return and punt return duties.
Following Barner's trade, those special team tasks now look to be in the hands of Kealoha Pilares and Philly Brown.
Starting the Panthers' preseason opener against Buffalo at running back, Barner tallied 26 yards on 15 carries and also caught a pass for 14 yards, while returning two punts for no yardage and one kickoff return for 31 yards.
In Carolina's second preseason game Sunday against Kansas City, Barner was overshadowed by the performance of back up running backs Whittaker and Darrin Reaves.
Whittaker tallied 13 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Reaves rushed for a six-yard touchdown.
The Panthers return to preseason action Friday night when they travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots at 7:30 p.m.