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Eagles Sign RB Mallett
 
January 19, 2010 | Last Updated: 1/19/10 3:43 PM ET | Comments (34)

The Eagles reached into the Canadian Football League on Tuesday to add to their depth at running back. They signed Martell Mallett, who spent the 2009 season as a member of the CFL's BC Lions, where he rushed for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns on 214 carries (5.8-yard average), adding 43 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-0, 210-pound Mallett was named to the West Division All-Star team and also earned the 2009 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie award.

The 23-year-old Mallett played collegiately at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he rushed for 2,896 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. The Pine Bluff, Arkansas native earned first-team all-SWAC honors as a senior in 2008.

What does it mean? It means that Mallett obviously impressed the Eagles enough in a recent workout to earn a contract. He comes into a position that already has Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy and Eldra Buckley. Is he good enough to make the team?

Check back in the spring and summer for that answer.




-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 3:32 p.m., January 19

Eagles Sign RB Mallett
   
cetst11@...
01/21/10
3:05 pm ET
Good off season pick up. Although I'm not positive he's the type of big back I was anticipating. Only going off of the two posted highlight videos here's my take. He has size, but does not play smash mouth, north-south football. Nice, quick legs. Could stand to play with a lower *** level at times. Hold the securely, but doesn't switch ball hands. Could have turned some long plays into touchdowns if he used his stiff arm. Makes very good, decisive decisions and has great vision while carrying the ball. Has above average cut back ability for his size. Does not use the spin move in the CFL that he had success with in college. He sets up the screen well and has decent hands. He's not the big, pounding goal-line back that I think we need, but may be a good change of pace back if he can get onto the field.
skilmer@...
01/20/10
10:24 pm ET
This signing kind of reminds me of last year's offseason when the eagles signed two canadian defensive players (I think a safety and a corner). It was the same story: coaches and staff were impressed by the players during a workout. What happened to those two players from last year? They are gone. The same things going to happen to mallet. Why can't the eagles just make a move on an actual good player. They already have no running game, so how is reaching into the CFL going to help? It's not.
dads1600@...
01/20/10
9:23 pm ET
Whats the point? Good news first. He does seem to have a quick first step and like to run thru the tackles. That being said, the bad news is Andy throws, throws, throws. I love the guy, but the entire league concentrates on the pass. Runners need touches. They do their best work late in games when they have worn down D-Lineman. With us, they are fresh late. Throw, throw throw. Sigh!
RIFLEMANLAX
01/20/10
7:16 pm ET
Let's not get carried away. The tape was impressive, but it is the CFL. And some of those holes were big enough to fit a 747 through. That being said, those kind of numbers in a pro football league aren't bad at all, he's got good size, and he's a north-south runner at RB, which they've been using Weaver for. I hope he works out, because, let's be honest, Westbrook is done. I love the guy, but the Eagles aren't paying him 7M next year. No way.
Mark_Philly72
01/20/10
3:24 pm ET
phillyfan547, did you notice that those holes are big ? I mean BIG. Even I could hit those holes real fast. You can´t compare those D-lines with NFL D-lines.
phillyphan547@...
01/20/10
3:10 pm ET
impressed with how quickly he hits the whole unlike what mccoy does sometimes if you ever notice his happy feet, i think its a good sign get some depth at RB he makes some pretty nice cuts too
Mark_Philly72
01/20/10
2:09 pm ET
Mallett impressed the Eagles, but he didn't impresse me.
DENNY5
01/20/10
1:32 pm ET
vcarr1982....I hear ya. One thing I noticed early in the season and throughout is that Mikell disappointed. I really thought he would be a probowl Safety, but looked very average all year. Even his tackling seemed to decline from when BDawk was next to him
vcarr1982@...
01/20/10
1:25 pm ET
HEY FANS
vcarr1982@...
01/20/10
1:25 pm ET
WE NEED A REPLACEMENT FOR DAWKINS HE WAS OUR HEART AND SOUL MAN!
DENNY5
01/20/10
1:20 pm ET
I'm not gonna blow smoke and say I am any kind of scout, but this guy Mallet sure seems to love inside runs north and south. The few times we do run the ball, AR and company always seem to try those inside runs, no matter if they get stuffed or not. Maybe this will be a good match for us. Of course, an upgrade to the Center position would also help. One thing for sure, we need to be more physical on O to compliment our speed and finesse. Especially when facing 3-4 defenses that we normally struggle against. I think for the 1st time AR realizes we need to be more physical. We were pushed around quite a bit there at the end.
rkcrawf@...
01/20/10
12:09 pm ET
Cool. Tell the kid to switch the ball to his outside when he runs.
spirit3530
01/20/10
8:29 am ET
He reminds me of a receiver when coming out of the backfield. He catches the ball like a receiver too. Could be something. I see him as a 3rd RB or situational guy 4 wide against the other teams slower LB. Also see him playing on special teams as well. Good speed and hands. Not a bruiser but it seems he isn't afraid to take it between the tackles.
Sir Walter
01/19/10
11:51 pm ET
NOT excited about the signing,camp body. offensise needs a rb and Tall Wr. If Westy can't play up to his abilities mccoy will support and we need depth
antoine_johnson@...
01/19/10
11:21 pm ET
He looks like he has some really explosive speed, and he is actually a pretty good sized Half Back and i think with some work he will learn to use that size to his advantage.
mlkabglass
01/19/10
11:04 pm ET
From what i've seen, I really like this kid. With some work, he will be able to compete for a job with shady, eldra, and possibly bwest. he can turn into a back that can get us some key yards to keep the chains moving, with maybe an explosive run here and there. he hits the hole hard and is a pretty big kid. pretty good start to the offseason...
dariondsaw@...
01/19/10
10:34 pm ET
i think hes a really good running back he needs to work on breaking tackles but other than that good cut moves very good elusive back nice pick
salameh21
01/19/10
10:20 pm ET
This kid will do well on the Eagles... He runs a 4.4 with great size. He seems to hit the holes hard and would be a great back-up for lesean. The reason i think he will be good for the eagles is because he is coming out of the CFL and will really try to prove to everyone that he can be a good rb in the NFL. By his highlights he looks like he can do it all so i hope he is a diamond in the rough...
Blasphemy
01/19/10
9:55 pm ET
I like this kid's stuff. Speed is okay, size is decent, cutting ability may leave something to be desired, but he chooses his holes well and he seems to be able to catch the ball nicely. He's young and has a decent amount of athleticism by his combine stats and should still develop some more. Hopefully he can add nice depth and contribute a little bit. This may or may not be an indicator of Westy's status.
cmiko83
01/19/10
8:20 pm ET
Good move. Westbrooks getting older. 30 is usually the magic number for runningbacks. Most loose alot at that age. McCoy is a great back and will probably be a starter next season while Westbrook will be the third down back so defenses don't cover Avant so much. Westbrook has still got a bit of a burst. The only thing that concerns me about this is Buckley. He has worked too hard to just get dumped off. This will be a hard decision on who to cut. I doubt we will keep four backs. One will get cut of go to the practice sqaud. In the words of Andy Reid in EVERY press conference: "We'll see what happens."
duns3901@...
01/19/10
7:41 pm ET
Add to that, that I really didn't see any speed at all and I didn't see him break more than an arm tackle in any highlight that I watched of him.
duns3901@...
01/19/10
7:38 pm ET
Add to that, that he doesn't seem to have much speed and I didn't see him break more than an arm tackle in any highlight that I have watched of him.
duns3901@...
01/19/10
7:35 pm ET
As of right now, I really don't like this move. There was at least 5-6 plays were he should have broke it outside and he went inside, or he should have busted it inside and he went outside. He does seem to hit all the holes but after that, his decision making really doesn't impress me. I didn't see him switch his ball hand once even with defenders very close. However, he does seem to have above average receiving for a back but we already have a couple of those backs. I believe he needs alot of help in the offseason to become a productive NFL running back.
voodoobird
01/19/10
6:42 pm ET
Agreed not a game breaker or bruiser. Has a really nice 20 to 30 yard burst with almost 6 ypc.....not to shabby. Looks to have good hands and quick decision maker. I'm sure he will be stonger and faster now that he is here. I wish we would have seen more Buckley this season. I think Westy is a shell of his former self, a shame but with his salary he is probably gone.
ajk90
01/19/10
6:25 pm ET
Compared to Beanie and Knowshown , mccoy lacks a lot of lower body strength to be able to break throw arm tackles. Watchin the games mccoy almost always goes down from a simple arm tackle. I agree with Irish we need second "beefy" back that can pound other then weaver. By tha looks of his highlights this is an "ok" start not too impressed.



 
 
 
 
 
 
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