The Saints claimed Joique Bell off the Eagles’ practice squad this week, so Philadelphia made a move on Wednesday to fill the void of a scout team running back, bringing back Martell Mallett, a former CFL standout that competed for the team’s No. 3 RB job in the offseason and throughout the preseason.
An undrafted free agent signing after playing collegiately for Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Mallett chose to begin his pro sports career in the Canadian Football League after he garnered little interest in the NFL. For the BC Lions franchise in 2009, he won the Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year award and finished his first season with over 1,200 yards on the ground. Shortly after their loss to the Cowboys in the playoffs last year, the Eagles signed Mallett to a contract and the 24-year-old battled for a job, and while he was released in late July, Mallett returned a day later and continued to fight for a spot on the final roster. Despite solid efforts in the exhibition games, in which he totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage, he was cut loose again, added to the scout team, and then released again on September 21.
Mallett spent part of this season on the Browns’ practice squad, as well.
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