While you were sleeping: Eagles make a minor roster move and add linebacker depth


The Eagles made a minor roster move last night that may have fallen under the radar.

The team released recently re-signed DE Alex McCalister from their practice squad and signed a familiar face in his place.

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’.

His replacement? Former Villanova Linebacker Don Cherry. Cherry has been switched in and out of the ten-man practice squad numerous times over the last year and stuck around in the offseason for another crack at the final 53. 11 preseason tackles and an interception saw him excel in coverage as he did one year before, but it wasn’t enough to beat out excessive depth at the position.

Now, Cherry joins a group that is missing Jordan Hicks. Although he’s on the practice squad, linebacker depth is extremely valuable given the current climate of the roster.


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