Roc Nation Sports just landed another stud athlete.
Now former Penn State superstar RB Saquon Barkley has signed with Jay-Z's agency.
Barkley is perceived as a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The only Penn State player and the only Big Ten running back to ever win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year twice, Barkley capped a magical 2017-18 season with 175 yards from scrimmage and two TDs in Penn State's 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards this season, averaging 5.9 per carry. He scored 21 total touchdowns and added 632 yards receiving. If that wasn't enough, he also returned two kicks for touchdowns.
Barkley is the most intriguing running back prospect to come out since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Zeke went fourth overall and Barkley has a chance to go even higher.
Along with a Super Bowl MVP, the Eagles now have an ArenaBowl MVP on their roster.
The team signed wide receiver Darius Prince on Saturday afternoon, waiving defensive tackle Adam Reth. Prince earned ArenaBowl XXX MVP honors with five catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns in the Soul's 44-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm last year.
Prince has come a long way in the last year. After making his AFL debut in the 2017 playoffs, the 28-year-old had a league-high 89 catches, 1,024 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns this season in just 12 games. Before joining the Soul, Prince played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.
“My first thought was how thankful I am to the Lord for giving me this opportunity,” Prince said, via a statement by the Soul. “Then I thought about everything I’ve been through. I started at the bottom and now I am signing a contract with the Super Bowl champs, it’s really a surreal feeling.”
Prince has an interesting background. The McKeesport, Pennsylvania, native didn't play college football, and was a basketball player at Penn State-Greater Allegheny and Penn State-Beaver.
The Eagles last signed a Soul player in 2016, when they added defensive end Jake Metz, who did not make the final roster.
“We’re incredibly proud of Darius,” Soul president John Adams said. "He is a great ambassador of the Soul brand and we wish him all the best on this next stop of his career.”
In all likelihood, Prince won't be with the Eagles for long. The team has to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, and currently has 13 wide receivers on the roster.
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There’s some good — albeit expected — news with Carson Wentz.
When the Eagles return to practice on Sunday, Wentz will be back in 11-on-11 drills.
Earlier this week, Wentz said he expected to be back in full-team drills this coming week (see story). That’s according to the master plan set forth by the Eagles’ coaches and doctors.
Early in training camp, Wentz was involved in 11-on-11 drills but the team backed off after a few days. Doug Pederson said he saw what he wanted from Wentz and the team didn’t want to expose him to any unnecessary risk.
With less than three weeks until the season opener, Wentz is still targeting a Week 1 return. The last hurdle will still be to get cleared for contact. That hasn’t happened yet.
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