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Eldra Buckley | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 207
College: Chattanooga

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Lions waived RB Eldra Buckley.
He's the odd man out after Detroit re-signed Kevin Smith. Buckley didn't receive a carry in two games after being signed in mid-October, contributing mostly on special teams. Mon, Nov 7, 2011 04:12:00 PM

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Lions signed RB Eldra Buckley, formerly of the Eagles.

Buckley tried out Thursday alongside Jalen Parmele, who apparently didn't make it through the workout. With Jahvid Best (concussion) out this week and Jerome Harrison (brain tumor) out for the season, Buckley will add depth behind Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams. The Lions are in trouble if Buckley ever has to take on a major ball-carrying role.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 10:58:00 AM

Lions worked out free agent RB Eldra Buckley on Thursday.

A undisclosed second running back was also present but didn't finish the workout. Primarily a special teamer with the Eagles in 2009-2010, Buckley averaged just 3.1 yards on 36 carries. He'd be nothing more than insurance if signed. Although PFT's Mike Florio suggested the Lions should kick the tires on Tiki Barber, there are no indications that the team is interested.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 03:31:00 PM

Eagles tendered exclusive rights free agent RB Eldra Buckley.

Buckley, 26 in June, hasn't developed into a realistic ball-carrying option, but did have seven special teams tackles last season. As an exclusive rights free agent, he'll earn $480,000 this season if he again makes the final 53.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 03:55:00 PM

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that Eldra Buckley is now getting the second-team reps at running back after the Mike Bell/Jerome Harrison trade.

When asked about Harrison, Mornhinweg replied, "We'll see (how quickly he plays). I haven't even met him." There's a good chance once he gets settled in that Harrison will take over the backup job behind LeSean McCoy, but the job won't just be handed to him.
Thu, Oct 14, 2010 12:02:00 PM

Eldra Buckley served as the Eagles' goal-line back in Sunday's win over the Redskins.

The Eagles lined up for a first-and-goal from the one-yard line and gave the ball to Buckley on three of four plays. He finally broke through on fourth down for a big fourth-quarter score. Leonard Weaver is also an option for this role, so don't go adding Buckley.
Sun, Nov 29, 2009 04:52:00 PM

In a mild surprise, Eagles RB Eldra Buckley made the roster.

Buckley made the team over Lorenzo Booker, and deservedly so. Buckley isn't much of a receiver but he can fly and will help on special teams. He'll be the third running back behind Brian Westbrook and Shady McCoy.
Sat, Sep 5, 2009 07:55:00 PM

Eagles claimed RB Eldra Buckley off waivers from the Chargers.

Buckley, a former undrafted free agent out of UT-Chattanooga, was a practice squad player in San Diego for the last two seasons. He's likely only depth for the summer. At 5'9/205, Buckley ran a 4.59 forty at the 2007 Combine.
Mon, Mar 9, 2009 04:45:00 PM

Chargers waived RB Eldra Buckley.

He didn't show much upside on the practice squad the last two years.
Thu, Feb 26, 2009 04:39:00 PM

Chargers signed RB Eldra Buckley, OLB Eric Bakhtiari, WR Gary Banks, DE Andre Coleman, G Brandyn Dombrowski, CB Grant Mason, NT Ogemdi Nwagbou, and CB DeJuan Tribble to reserve/future contracts.

Buckley has spent the last two seasons on the practice squad. Tribble, a mid-round pick last April, might have the best shot here of hanging around. He is a good tackler and the Bolts will likely play a lot of zone next year.
Tue, Jan 27, 2009 03:20:00 PM

Chargers waived RB Eldra Buckley, DE Andre Coleman, NT Keith Jackson, TE Keith Grennan, DT Lamar Divens, LB Antwan Applewhite, LB Erik Bakhtiari, WR Gary Banks, S Tra Battle, CB Josh Bell, TE Wade Betschart, and SS Brian Bonner.

Buckley was buried on the depth chart. Applewhite is a practice squad candidate. Jackson is the son of the former Hall of Fame tight end.
Sat, Aug 30, 2008 06:33:00 PM

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