The Eagles waived wide receiver Jonathan Krause earlier today, leaving three open spots on the team’s 90 man roster. There may be two open spots once again if ESPN’s Adam Caplan’s report is true.
Former Villanova LB Don Cherry is going to sign with the #Eagles. Was originally signed after the draft by the #Bears (waived in June).
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 22, 2016
The 6’1, 240-pound linebacker started all 14 games in his senior season for Villanova before going undrafted and eventually signing with the Bears. He racked up 134 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, one interception and forced five fumbles, recovering one.
Cherry’s tackling fundamentals are what people seem to praise and it’s easy to see why. Cherry racked up 10 or more tackles in seven of his 14 starts as a senior. This was topped by a career-high 16 tackles in a playoff lose to Sam Houston State. Cherry was so efficient that he became the first Wildcat in four seasons to record 100 tackles or more in a single year.
He also finished as the runner up in the voting for the Buck Buchanon Award. The award is handed to the top defensive FCS player.
The Eagles lack linebacker depth and it’s great to see a local player get a shot. As you can see from his highlight reels, it’s easy to see why they have. The birds need guys who can complete tackles and wrap up elusive players..it seems like Cherry has all the right fundamentals for the job.
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