After losing Stewart Bradley to a knee injury in last year's training camp, the door was wide open for Joe Mays to emerge as the starting middle linebacker. That didn't exactly pan out for Mays, so the Eagles sent him to the Denver Broncos on Friday evening for running back J.J. Arrington, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee.
If Arrington passes his physical, he'll join an interesting mix of young running backs. When Arrington was in Arizona two years ago, he could catch the ball out of the backfield (a combined 58 receptions in 2007 and 2008). He'd probably project as a third-down back for the Eagles, but it doesn't sound like he's at full strength yet.
General manager Howie Roseman has been scouring other rosters in hopes of creating depth at different positions. Arrington's primary job for the Eagles might be kick returns. He was the main returner for the Cardinals in 2006 and 2008, and he had a touchdown return in each of those seasons, including one to open the game against the Cowboys in '08.
Andy Reid said he wants to continue using DeSean Jackson on punt returns, but Arrington could fill the void on kick returns.