Eagles claim former 3rd-round running back waiver originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Eagles claim running back Thursday Trey announced waiver of waivers to bring the former third-round pick to Philadelphia.
With this move, the Eagles have four running backs and their 53-man roster is full.
The 23-year-old Selmon was selected by the 49ers with a third-round pick (88th overall) in last year’s draft. Before that, he completed his college career at Ohio State University in 2020 as a graduate student after playing in Oklahoma. Sermon and Jalen Hurts are teammates at Oklahoma State in 2019.
According to ESPN, the Hawks and 49ers discussed a trade for Sermon last week, but the Hawks waited and gave him away.
Prior to that, the three running backs on the Eagles’ active roster were Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenny Gainville. The Eagles waived Jason Huntley and Kennedy Brooks after training camp, but now they start the 2022 season with four.
Sermons (6-0, 215) defeated undrafted rookie Jordan Mason from Georgia Tech in training camp for the 49ers. While both players made the Niners’ initial roster, Sermon was waived a day later. ) “If not, we’d love to have Trae back because he does have a bright future in this league,” general manager John Lynch said. “It just comes down to the numbers.”
Sermon is the second 2021 draft pick announced this week by the Eagles. They also claim QB Ian Book from New Orleans.
As a 2021 rookie, Thelmon appeared in nine games, including two starts. He had 41 passes for 167 yards (4.1 yards) and a touchdown, and also caught three passes for 26 yards. He did play on some special teams, but not a returning player.
Here’s what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote about the sermon before last year’s draft:
“Running Looking handsome back, but inconsistent in terms of creativity and decision-making. Ohio State’s regular-season footage was rather disappointing relative to the talent he showed at Oklahoma, but he was in the playoffs Playing well should quell some concerns. Internal vision and decision-making are dubious at both schools and will get him into some traffic accidents. He does have potential as an outside linebacker, where he has more time and space to come Utilize his skills. He has size and open field speed and will step up and handle his pass protection business, as well as catch the ball in the backcourt. So while Sermon is somewhat average as a runner, he has The potential for a 3-position bench in upside should be of interest to the mid-rounder.”
Combined last year, Sermon didn’t smash the 40-yard dash (4.61) , but demonstrated other aspects of athleticism.
In one season at Ohio State, Sermon had 116 carries for 870 yards (7.5) and 4 touchdowns in just 8 games; he also had 12 catches for 95 yards pass.
In three seasons in Oklahoma, Thelmon averaged 6.1 yards per push and 25 total touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2018, when he rushed for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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