Josh Huff Released by Eagles After Arrest: Latest Comments and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Josh Huff #13 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball in the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 13, 2015 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Two days after getting arrested, wide receiver Josh Huff was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team announced the move Thursday on Twitter.

Following his release, Huff issued a statement on the decision, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN (h/t Tim McManus of ESPN.com):

First, I want to apologize to Mr. Lurie and his family, my coaches and teammates, and all Eagles fans. I'm sorry that any action by me brought negative light to this organization. I want to thank the Lurie Family, Howie, this community and the entire Eagles organization for the opportunity I've had for the past 3 years. Most important, I want to let the fans and community as a whole know that I understand the responsibility I have as a professional athlete, and I will take all measures necessary to correct mistakes I have made.

According to ESPN.com, Huff was pulled over in Gloucester City, New Jersey, and is facing charges for possessing marijuana and a gun without a permit.

When asked about his arrest Wednesday, Huff stood by his decision to carry a firearm despite not having a permit, per McManus: "I'm a professional athlete. What professional athlete don't have a gun? I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all costs, and my job is to protect myself as well, even though I know I have security here, but I have to protect myself as well."

The 25-year-old wideout has made 13 receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown so far this season after setting career highs with 27 grabs for 312 yards and three scores last year.

Huff's greatest contributions are on special teams, though, as he is averaging 36 yards per kickoff return and is one of only two players with a kick return touchdown this season.

The Eagles already have depth issues at wide receiver, but the triumvirate of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham has plenty of potential, while tight end Zach Ertz is a reliable target for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz as well.

Also, running back Wendell Smallwood is the other NFL player with a kickoff return touchdown in 2016, so he should be able to replace the former third-round pick out of Oregon on special teams.

Losing a dynamic playmaker is never an ideal scenario, but Huff was always a better fit in Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense than Doug Pederson's deliberate system.

         

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