Corey Clement

Eagles add running back De'Angelo Henderson to practice squad

Eagles add running back De'Angelo Henderson to practice squad

With Darren Sproles out indefinitely, Corey Clement on Injured Reserve and Boston Scott promoted last week to the active roster, the Eagles on Monday signed 26-year-old running back De’Angelo Henderson to the practice squad. 

He gives the Eagles four sets of healthy running back legs and a second scout team running back in addition to Scott.

Henderson (5-7/210) played at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. and was originally the Broncos’ 6th-round pick in 2017. 

He played in five games with the Broncos in 2017 and three with the Jets last year. He’s 9-for-32 rushing in his career with two catches for 36 yards, including a 29-yard TD catch from Paxton Lynch for the Broncos against the Chiefs on the last day of the 2017 season.

Henderson was in training camp with the Vikings this past summer before being released on Aug. 31.

The Eagles had an open spot on the practice squad after promoting Scott on Saturday. Scott got the first four carries of his career Sunday in the closing minutes of the loss to the Vikings and gained 30 yards.

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Eagles send Corey Clement to IR, call up Boston Scott

Eagles send Corey Clement to IR, call up Boston Scott

Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is making a trip to Injured Reserve for the second straight season. 

The Eagles placed the 24-year-old running back on IR Friday with a lingering shoulder injury that hasn’t healed since he suffered it in Week 2.  

To fill his roster spot, the Eagles have promoted running back Boston Scott from the practice squad. 

Scott and Nelson Agholor are probably the most likely candidates to take over as a punt returner with Clement and Darren Sproles not available this weekend. 

Clement injured his shoulder on the muffed punt in Atlanta on Sept. 15. He missed the next game, but returned for the next two, but hasn’t played very much. In fact, even before the injury, Clement was set to have a very limited role offensively. 

The shame for Clement, is that with Darren Sproles’ quad injury (Sproles will be out at least a few weeks), he might have actually had an offensive role going forward. But as soon as that opportunity emerged, the Eagles were forced to shut Clement down for the season. 

Just two years after he had 100 receiving yards in the Super Bowl, Clement’s 2019 season is likely over after he took just three offensive snaps, all coming in the opener. 

Last week, Clement spoke like a true team player when asked about his new role with the Eagles. 

“To be honest, if you’re a team guy, it really shouldn’t be hard,” Clement said late last week. “At the end of the day, it’s really all about the ultimate goal and that’s the Super Bowl. Being on the roster and realizing I can still contribute in a way whether it’s special teams or being in the offensive scheme whenever the week may come, I’m just fortunate to still be here and really do what I can and not press the situation and not even talk about a role. Just go out there and still have fun.” 

This is now two consecutive disappointing seasons for the Glassboro, N.J. native and former undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin. As a rookie, he steadily improved as the season went on and he saved his best game for Super Bowl LII, when he caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles are heading back to Minnesota this weekend for the first time since the Super Bowl and Clement won’t be with them. 

In 2018, Clement played in 11 games as a moderate offensive contributor before a knee injury ended his season early. This means two of his first three NFL seasons have now included a trip to IR. 

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Former Super Bowl hero Corey Clement copes with new role

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Former Super Bowl hero Corey Clement copes with new role

It can’t be easy.

Two years ago, Corey Clement had a 100-yard receiving game in an unforgettable Super Bowl victory. Today he’s not even getting on the field on offense.

Clement has gone from the top of the football world to the bottom of the Eagles’ roster.

But if you’re waiting for him to go off and question his role or demand a trade or ask to be released, you just don’t know Corey Clement.

That's not him.

“To be honest, if you’re a team guy, it really shouldn’t be hard,” he said after practice on Thursday. “At the end of the day, it’s really all about the ultimate goal and that’s the Super Bowl. Being on the roster and realizing I can still contribute in a way whether it’s special teams or being in the offensive scheme whenever the week may come, I’m just fortunate to still be here and really do what I can and not press the situation and not even talk about a role. Just go out there and still have fun. Because at the end of the day, that’s what I’ve been doing all my life. So why take the fun out of it now? Why even think about something I can’t control? I can’t control it.”

This is what being an champion is all about.

Clement had a nice rookie year for an undrafted rookie, with 321 rushing yards, 10 catches and six touchdowns.

But nothing that could have prepared anybody for what he did on Feb. 4, 2018, in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Late in the second quarter, he took a short pass from Nick Foles and weaved 55 yards through traffic to set up the Philly Special.

And early in the third quarter, he made one of the most spectacular catches in Super Bowl history, beating triple coverage in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard TD.

How historic was Clement’s performance in the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots?

• He’s one of only three running backs in Super Bowl history with a 100-yard receiving game (along with Roger Craig and James White).

• He’s one of only four rookies in Super Bowl history with a 100-yard game (along with Cris Collinsworth, Torry Holt and Chris Matthews).

Now?

Four games into his third NFL season, Clement has no carries, no catches, no historic plays and just three snaps on offense — all in the opener against the Redskins.

“I love Corey,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “No. 1, his role is special teams and he's going to make an impact there, first and foremost. He understands his role, where he is in kind of the order of the running backs and what we've done there. Listen, he's a breath of fresh air. I mean, he's a guy that comes to work every day, prepares as if he's the starter on offense. He's always got energy. Always has juice each and every day, and that's what I love about Corey.”

Clement missed the Lions game with a shoulder injury, but he got no offensive snaps in either the Falcons game or Packers game, the first time that happened since the first game of his career in Washington.

“Is it tough? It's tough to go through injuries as a young player and then try to bounce back when the team is moving forward,” Pederson said. “But he's picked up right where he left off from a health standpoint and just he's contributing where he can and right now.”

Clement can play.

He netted 1,067 yards of offense and nine touchdowns on just 190 touches in his first two seasons, an average of 5.6 yards per touch.

Among all running backs in Eagles history, only Brian Westbrook (5.8) averaged more yards per touch in his first two seasons than Clement.

“You come from big-guy on campus, big guy in your league, you come to a league where everybody else is good and not everything always goes your way,” Clement said. “So you just have to realize that you take what you can get every single day and still work your ass off every day. Regardless of the situation I’m in, I’m still giving 120 percent.”

Who knows what the future holds.

As long as Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are healthy, they’re going to get the bulk of the carries. And we know that Pederson will occasionally give Darren Sproles a big workload, like in the opener.

So Clement is a clear No. 4 right now. 

But Howard is a free agent after this year, and Sproles is 36 and won’t play forever. The Eagles hold Clement’s rights for another year, so maybe at some point he’ll regain a prominent role on offense.

If it happens, he’ll be ready.

“I prepare every single day as if I’m getting in there next, as if I’m getting in there on third down or fourth down,” he said.  

In the meantime, don’t look for Clement to complain about his role. 

“Some people are still looking for me to say it, but I’m still humble,” he said. “I didn’t have to have those two catches in the Super Bowl. I didn’t have to be in the Super Bowl, at that. And they didn’t have to put me in the Super Bowl as a rookie, so that would never even come out. It’s not a (do me a) favor league. It’s work for your team and have fun doing it. My time will come, I just don’t know when.”