Barner may find himself on the roster bubble, according to ESPN's Phil Sheridan.
Rookie UDFA Byron Marshall, also from the University of Oregon, has a skillset similar to Barner's as a fleet-footed scatback with potential to contribute in the return game. The Eagles also used a fifth-round pick on WVU product Wendell Smallwood, who joins a backfield that already had Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. It thus seems Barner will have to fight for a roster spot, though it is worth nothing that Mathews has a lengthy injury history and Sproles just turned 33. A 2013 sixth-round selection, Barner has just 34 career carries for 131 yards, with 11 receptions for 29 yards.
Kenjon Barner (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Barner is coming off a minor breakout game during last week's win over the Patriots, in which he recorded a career-high 39 rushing yards to go along with two receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles have grown frustrated with the lack of production from free-agent signee DeMarco Murray this season, and according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, there's a possibility that Murray could rank as the Eagles' fourth option at running back Sunday. If that's the case, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews would likely shoulder the bulk of the duties at the position, but Barner should have an opportunity to occasionally mix into the rotation, particularly on passing downs.
Kenjon Barner ran for a career-high 39 yards on nine carries and caught both of his targets for seven yards in Sunday's 35-28 upset win at New England. He also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter.
Barner was involved throughout, posting more yardage on the ground than starter DeMarco Murray, who had eight carries for just 24 yards. His fumble with less than two minutes left in the game was almost costly, as it gave Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense one more shot to tie the game. The Philadelphia Eagles were able to stop Brady, however, saving Barner from being the goat. Ryan Mathews (concussion) should return at some point soon, so one can only assume Barner won't see as much work when that happens. If you need him next week, he'll face the Bills.
Kenjon Barner is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
With the Philadelphia Eagles ' running back corps back to full health, Barner will be inactive for the third time in five games this season. The former Oregon standout ranks fourth on the depth chart behind DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles.
|P2||8/18/16||@ PIT||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/16||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|2||9/19/16||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/9/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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