Powell entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011 when the Cardinals signed him in July. Powell only played in 13 games for the Cardinals, all of which came last season. He never played during his rookie season as he was cut after training camp. The Cardinals later brought him back on their practice squad. He rushed 60 times for 217 yards. He was also targeted 25 times, catching 19 passes for 132 yards.
Powell is undersized for his position, but Eagles' General Manager Howie Roseman believes he will be of value to the team. The reason for that is because he says Powell has good vision and is quick. He can also get more yards after first contact. Powell can also return kickoffs and his most likely spot on the team will be on special teams to do exactly that since the running back position is already filled.
To make room on the roster for Powell, the Eagles released wide receiver Nick Miller.
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