You thought that the Cowboys loss would have been enough stress to deal with for this week. Unfortunately, the mistakes continue for the Philadelphia Eagles, this time off the field. On Tuesday, slot receiver and kick returner Josh Huff was pulled over for speeding just past 11:00AM on the Walt Whitman Bridge right by Lincoln Financial Field.
Reportedly, Huff was between 25-29 MPH over the speed limit of 65 on the bridge. After being pulled over, the officer found marijuana and a loaded handgun in his car, and promptly arrested him. Currently, it is unknown if the gun is registered which is being investigated now but Huff did not have a permit to carry a weapon.
The Philadelphia Eagles organization released a statement right after the arrest that stated, “We are aware of the incident today involving Josh Huff. At this point, we are gathering more information”.
In his third year, Huff has really began to make an impact for this team on offense and special teams. The 25 year old was a third round pick for the Birds in 2014 out of Oregon, part of Chip Kelly’s march to get all of his old players. He has 13 catches for 172 yards and a touchdown, but has really been a weapon on special teams. In 7 kick returns this season, Huff has averaged 36 yards per return helping with Eagles’ field position.
Despite this, the NFL is a crazy business and no player’s job is safe. Former Eagle linebacker and now Philly talk show host, Ike Reese makes that point clear. “You’re never irreplaceable as a player in this league, but it’s unfortunate for Josh because like I said, especially in that department, I think he was off to the best start of his career,” Reese said. “He just was named special teams player of the week and if the Eagles were to miss him for any extended period of time, we would certainly feel it,” said Reese.
The Eagles have been in talks for trading for a receiver these past few weeks with Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey and if Huff were to miss any extended time due to this incident, it would be a shock for the Eagles to bring out Bryce Treggs (an undrafted rookie) as their third wideout against the Giants this coming week. Whatever the case may be, Huff made a mistake and hopefully he can learn from it before it is too late.