Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eagles sign RB Bell; release Baskett

The Eagles have signed RB Joique Bell off of the Buffalo Bills practice squad and released WR Hank Baskett.

Bell (5-11, 220) was originally signed by the Bills as a rookie free agent in 2010 and led the team in rushing during the preseason with 27 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He was released on September 4, but spent the first two weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad.

The 24-year-old Bell played collegiately at Division II Wayne State, finishing his career with 6,728 rushing yards and 88 touchdowns, along with 79 catches for 918 yards and eight touchdowns. His 8,055 all-purpose yards and 576 points placed him ninth and fifth, respectively, in NCAA history. As a senior in 2009, Bell was awarded with the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the Division II player of the year, after rushing for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns.

A native of Benton Harbor, MI, Bell served as a team captain in football, baseball and track at Benton Harbor High School.

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