Eagles running back and punt returner Kenjon Barner put on a nice show as a running back and punt returner for the Eagles yesterday. He got into the end zone two times and each score was an outstanding run by Barner.
On the first score, Barner was supposed to take the run outside but he used his vision to see the cut back hole and he hit it. He made the great cut on pitch play and went into the end zone untouched on a nine-yard touchdown play. It was a good job of blocking by the Eagles offensive line, but he did a good job of using his vision. Barnet gained 29 yards rushing yesterday on six carries.
His most outstanding play occurred on a punt play. He caught the long punt from the Colts and looked like he was going to be tackled as he went to his left. Instead, he used the momentum from the tackle attempt to take the ball to his right. Barner headed to the right side line and opened up the gas.
The former Carolina Panther went untouched down the sideline for 92 yards and a touchdown.
“If he continues to perform like that we’ll find a way to fit him in, we’ll have to fit him in”, Chip Kelly said after the game. “We’re going to keep the best 53 players here. When you get an opportunity to do something and you step up like that, a lot of guys will get their chance, you have to make the most of it.”
He’s got a chance to be the Birds fourth running back.
Barner’s main competition for that final running back spot is rookie running back Raheem Mostert. He had a nice game as well for the Eagles, with 11 carries for 33 yards and he also caught a pass for a 40 yard gain.
Ryan Mathews played for a series or two and gained 18 yards on two carries. He had a nice 13 yard run for a first down.
Darren Sproles also played for a series or two. He and Mark Sanchez were unable to hook up on a short throw which would have been for a big gain.
Eagles number one running back DeMarco Murray didn’t suit up for the game because Kelly is letting him rest up for the season.