Elijah Holyfield

Welcome back to another part of the “Who The Fuck Is That Guy” series. “Who The Fuck Is That Guy” is the final segment of every episode of the Vendetta Sports Fantasy Show on our Youtube Channel. Everyone on the show gives a random player that no one knows and no one with ever draft. Yet somehow, someway they will win you your fantasy league. Today we’re looking at Elijah Holyfield, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and Trey’s pick in episode 7.

Background Information

Elijah Holyfield is the son of former professional boxer Evander Holyfield. Elijah is 22 years old and stands at 5’10 and weighs 217 pounds. He was an undrafted free agent from the 2019 NFL Draft and was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers. He failed to make the roster and was put on the practice squad. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Holyfield to their roster in late December of 2019. Elijah Holyfield played college football at Georgia.

College Production

Elijah Holyfield played at Georgia from 2016-2018. He had to split carries with both Saquon Barkley AND Nick Chubb in 2016 and 2017, meaning his lack of carries is very understandable. As a result of this, let’s take a look at his junior season in 2018. During that year Holyfield had 1018 yards on 159 carries and 7 touchdowns in 14 games. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2018. With every limited touches Holyfield produced, he can do the same in the NFL.

Fantasy Potential

While we haven’t seen Holyfield play in an NFL regular season it’s very likely he succeeds. Out of every position running backs have the easiest time transitioning to the NFL from college. Saquon Barkley averaged 5.9 yards per carry in college averaged 5 yards per carry his rookie year with the Giants. Nick Chubb averaged 6.3 yards per carry in college and 5.1 in his NFL career. Who’s to say that another Georgia running back can’t do that same? Holyfield joins an Eagles team that values the run game for their RPO dependent offense.

Elijah Holyfield’s Path To Playing Time

Elijah Holyfield may be listed as the 4th string running back on the Eagles depth chart but that doesn’t mean he won’t get touches. The Eagles had a horrendous case of the injury bug last year and they needed everyone on the roster and practice squad to sneak into the playoffs on the back of Carson Wentz. The Eagles also like to use a running back by committee approach, so it’s only a matter of time until Holyfield is getting carries for the Eagles.