According to an official announcement from the team, the Eagles have signed some defensive re-enfocements ahead of Thursday Night’s game in Carolina.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 10, 2017
The move comes shortly after the Eagles released their Tuesday injury report. Chris Long was listed as a limited participant in today’s walkthrough, meaning that the Eagles may be in need of some defensive end depth soon. The team do have Steven Means stashed away on special teams who continues to flash, but if he were to get injured, an insurance policy is always worth having.
McCalister was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round two years ago but an injury put an end to his rookie season before it had a chance to start. However he did stand out during the early stages of Training Camp and would stick onto the roster for one more shot the following year.
That year came and went. The former Florida Gator was locked into a roster battle with Steven Means during the preseason as the two continued to rip through offensive lines. McCalister ended his campaign with 3.5 sacks and 8 tackles, but failed to beat out the man who “means business’.
With 12.5 sacks in his last two season’s for the Gators, it was clear that McCalister had a knack for getting to the QB, especially considering that he played in under 40% of snaps during that time. He will once again have an opportunity with the Eagles, who obviously like him to bring him back so consistently.
McCalister fills the vacancy left by Rashard Davis, a wide receiver who was signed as returner insurance due to the injury of Wendell Smallwood. Kenjon Barner’s burners put an end to that concern however.
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