Eagles wide receiver/kick returner Josh Huff was arrested on the Walt Whitman Bridge Tuesday morning.
Per the Delaware River Port Authority, Huff was stopped at approximately 11 a.m. heading to New Jersey for speeding. Huff in his possession had a gun, loaded magazine (which wasn't in the gun) and less than 50 grams of marijuana. The lead charge is for unlawful possession of a weapon and prohibited weapons/devices for hollow point bullets. He's also charged for having the marijuana and faces traffic offenses for DUI, speeding and, because the windows of his vehicle are tinted, obstructed view.
A source has told NBC10 Huff had a permit to carry the weapon in Texas only. He also was driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.
"We are aware of the incident today involving Josh Huff. At this point, we are gathering more information," the Eagles said in a statement earlier Tuesday afternoon.
The firearm charge is the most serious, but Huff may not face a major penalty. In 2006, Eagles wide receiver Jabar Gaffney was also stopped on the Walt Whitman Bridge and charged with having a loaded unlicensed firearm. Like Huff, Gaffney had a permit for the gun in Texas. At the time, the prosecutor's offense, per The Allentown Morning Call, noted that first-time offenders can participate in a pre-trial intervention program to avoid incarceration.
Huff, in his third season with the Eagles, has been a key special teams player this year, returning a kick 98 yards for a touchdown against the Vikings and returning one 53 yards against the Cowboys.
Huff is the latest Eagle to encounter legal issues over the past several months. Linebacker Nigel Bradham has been involved in two separate incidents, both in Miami. Bradham was recently charged with aggravated battery after allegedly assaulting a hotel employee in July. Then earlier this season over the bye week he was arrested for carrying a gun through the airport.
Fellow receiver Nelson Agholor in June was accussed of sexual assualt at Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club in Philadelphia, but the charges were dropped.
I’m not moving off the idea that the Eagles will take a lineman with their first-round pick on Thursday night.
I am still leaning toward a defensive lineman at 25, but I think OL is definitely in play too.
Here’s another possibility of how things could go for the Eagles over the entire seven rounds:
Round 1 (25): Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma Before you start yelling at me, saying Ford will be off the board by the time the Eagles are on the clock, let me say this: You might be right. I think Ford is a no-doubt-about-it first-round pick and I’d agree there’s a good chance he’s gone in the teens. So maybe it takes a modest trade up. I’d be on board with that. And if he falls to 25, that would be great for the Eagles.
Ford offers real versatility after playing guard and tackle during his time in Norman. Joe Douglas wouldn’t say last week if they saw Ford as a guard or tackle, but said they know where he’d begin. That means they’ve at least thought about him in an Eagles uniform.
Ford would come in and be able to play and likely start at guard. He could be at right guard if Brandon Brooks isn’t all the way back from his Achilles tear or he could simply beat out Isaac Seumalo for the starting left guard spot. Then, if Jason Peters can’t stay on the field, he could possibly even play there too. At the very least, he could provide some depth as a rookie before growing into a starting role. If Ford is gone and the Eagles stay at this pick, Dalton Risner could be another potential first-round offensive lineman with versatility.
Round 2 (53): Darnell Savage, S, Maryland My biggest problem with the possibility of taking a safety in the first round is that there might be more value in taking one in the second. Savage is one of the guys who might still be on the board at 53.
Savage is sort of a hybrid type of defensive back who could play corner and safety. We all know how much the Eagles value versatility. The most intriguing part of Savage’s game is his coverage ability; that’s something the Eagles love in their safeties. At 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, Savage is undersized, but I don’t care. He ran a ridiculous 4.36 at the combine to go along with a vertical jump of 39.5 and a broad of 126. He tested well across the board.
The Eagles could use some safety help. Malcolm Jenkins isn’t getting any younger and there’s no guarantee Rodney McLeod is back for the 2020 season. It would be a perfect time to draft his replacement and that replacement could be the third safety in 2019.
Round 2 (57): Zach Allen, DE, Boston College I get that Allen isn’t the most exciting or athletic defensive end prospect in this draft, but he’s a solid and consistent college player and at 6-4, 281, would be a fit in the Eagles’ 4-3. He doesn’t explode off the screen with athleticism, but he’s an instinctive player who had 16 1/2 sacks and 40 1/2 TFLs in his last three years at BC.
Douglas really seems to value high-effort players and Allen is definitely one of those. Watching him, it’s clear he doesn’t give up on plays and is always finding a way to make an impact without being a tremendous athlete. In other years, I think he’d be a higher pick, but the depth of this class has pushed him into the later stages of the second round.
Defensive end is a need for the Eagles in this draft. Derek Barnett is a young starter but Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry are on the wrong side of 30. Michael Bennett is gone. No one knows if Chris Long will be back this season. And Josh Sweat is still an unknown. The Eagles need an infusion of youth at one of the most important spots on the field.
Round 4 (127): Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia The Eagles don’t have an immediate need for a starting receiver, so maybe they take a player with a lot of upside, a guy who is still learning the position, but could end up being special. That’s what Hardman is to me.
He’s just 5-10 and 187 pounds, but he ran a 4.33 in the 40 at the combine and is an explosive option on Day 2 or 3. Still learning the position, Hardman caught 60 balls for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017-18 but was also used as a gadget player. He also returned punts and kicks, which is another big positive for an Eagles team that doesn’t have either right now.
Receiver is an under-the-radar need for the Eagles right now. DeSean Jackson is 32, Alshon Jeffery is 29 and Nelson Agholor is back on a one-year contract. And after that, the Eagles don’t really have much depth at all. Hardman would instantly become a depth/rotational/gadget player, who could possibly take over for Nelly in 2020. And he would immediately become their best option as a returner.
Round 4 (138): Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas In four years at KU, he finished with 17 sacks and 43 TFLs as a disruptive interior pass rusher. He comes from a football family (he’s the brother of Deatrich Wise Jr. and son of Deatrich Wise Sr.) and had a solid college career.
The Eagles are set with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson as their starters, but they could definitely use more depth and a rotational player. Wise would play immediately in a reserve role.
Round 5 (163): Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan The Eagles need a running back, but I still wouldn’t be surprised to see them wait it out until later in the draft. Higdon didn’t catch the ball out of the backfield much but rushed for over 1,100 yards in 2018 and had a career average of 5.6 yards per carry with 27 touchdowns during his time at Michigan.
He’s just 5-9, 206 pounds, but offers pretty good explosiveness and is pretty tough for his size.
The Eagles added Jordan Howard but that shouldn’t stop them from drafting a running back. Higdon would need to prove himself as a pass protector and pass catcher before he could get on the field for third downs.
Round 6 (197): Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington Definitely a new-school linebacker at 6-0, 230 pounds, but he’s quick and is always all over the field.
If he doesn’t play defense, his athleticism would allow him to become a dynamic special teams player from Day 1. Even if that’s all he ever became, that would be fine for a sixth-round pick. And he has more upside than that in the right scheme.
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Dalton Risner is a polished and versatile pass blocker who played both center and right tackle during his years at Kansas State. Because he’s “only” 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, he could swing inside to guard, since he would be a little undersized at right tackle.
The only thing that could keep Risner out of the first round is his run blocking — which is considered suspect — although the way the league is trending, it’s not as significant an issue as it once was. Risner is athletically limited, although in college he was able to overcome his limitations with tremendous work ethic, a non-stop motor and a mean streak that might remind Eagles fans of Jon Runyan.
Risner is a character guy who was a team captain for three years and has his own RiseUp charity foundation to promote literacy among kids in his native Colorado and is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Special Olympics.
Current roster at OT: Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are back for what projects to be their seventh year together, but the 37-year-old Peters is nearing the end, and Jordan Mailata, while an intriguing prospect, remains untested and an unknown quantity. Halapoulivaati Vaitai has been a Super Bowl starter but has been very inconsistent as he moves into his fourth season. The only lock here is Johnson, who has made the Pro Bowl the last two years, is signed for three more years and is only 28.
How he would fit: Risner doesn’t have the footwork necessary to play left tackle, so he would either play guard here, where the Eagles definitely have a need, or right tackle with Johnson moving across to the left side.
Eagles history at OT in draft: After missing badly on a series of first-round tackles, the Eagles nailed studs in Tra Thomas with the 11th pick in 1998 and Johnson with the 4th pick in 2013. They are the first tackles the Eagles have drafted who made a Pro Bowl since Jerry Sisemore in 1973.