If you were looking forward to blockbuster trades and free agent signings from the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season, you were surely disappointed. Yet the prospective roster for the upcoming year keeps growing. The Eagles have added depth across the board, and that approach to personnel continued with a trade completed early Thursday morning.
Emmanuel Acho has been acquired by the Eagles in exchange for former fifth rounder Dion Lewis. Lewis was drafted in 2011, and never made much of an impact with the Birds, only rushing for 171 yards on 36 carries over two season with the team. Acho was a sixth round selection for Cleveland from a season ago, but spent the year on injured reserve after injuring his knee during the 2012 pre-season.
In college, Acho was a standout as a member of the Texas Longhorns where he was named a member of the first team all-Americans in the Big 12. In addition to his on the field ability, Acho was a three time academic all american within the Big 12. Familiarity could have been the key factor in this signing as Billy Davis, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator, was Acho’s position coach on the Browns a year ago.
Reportedly, Emmanuel Acho will battle current projected starter Mychal Kendricks as one of two middle line-backing slots in Davis’s presumed 3-4 scheme. Acho could also fill the strong side line-backing position should the Eagles decide to use a 4-3 set. Regardless, Acho will add further depth to an already talented special teams unit.
Howie Roseman and Tom Gamble have been hard at work this off-season, and have added quality depth to a previously shallow, inexperienced roster. With the additions of Acho, Fletcher, Chung, Anderson, and Phillips, the Eagles’ special teams unit should be much improved in the upcoming year. In addition to the talent on the special teams unit, the Eagles will be well prepared should the injury bug decide to strike in Philadelphia next fall.Tags: Billy Davis, Bradley Fletcher, Chip Kelly, Dion Lewis, Emmanuel Acho, Howie Roseman, Mychal Kendricks, NFC East, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Tom Gamble, trade