Eagles claim RB William Powell off waivers

Eagles claim RB William Powell off waivers

July 24, 2013, 5:15 pm
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William Powell finished last season with 349 yards from scrimmage. (USA Today Images)

The Eagles on Wednesday claimed running back William Powell off waivers and released receiver Nick Miller.

Powell (5-9, 207) was cut Tuesday by the Arizona Cardinals, who first signed him as a rookie free agent in July 2011. He played in 13 games last season, finishing third on the team in rushing behind LaRod Stephens-Howling and Beanie Wells with 217 yards on 60 carries. He also had 19 receptions for 132 yards and averaged 24.5 yards on 21 kickoff returns. Powell wasn't active for the Cardinals' rout of the Eagles last season.

"Good vision, quick, runs really hard, he can also return kickoffs," general manager Howie Roseman told the Eagles' website. "He's a little undersized in terms of height but he's fun to watch because he's getting yards after contact.

"We studied him when we played them, we studied him in the preseason, and for us it was a no-brainer when you're talking about adding him to our 90-man roster."

Powell becomes the fifth running back on the active roster, and sixth including Matthew Tucker, who is on the non-football injury list after failing his conditioning test.

"Well I think Coach said it's an important part of our program -- [you have to] be able to pass a conditioning test to be able to play in the NFL," Roseman said. "But for us we have to press our guys and have competition. We're excited to add him and see what he can do."

Powell, who attended Kansas State, didn't play as a rookie; he was cut after training camp and signed to the practice squad in December.

A fourth-year pro, Miller has spent time with both the Raiders and Rams.