Instant analysis: Eagles add special teams depth by signing former Falcons linebacker


According to an official announcement from the team, the Eagles have signed veteran linebacker LaRoy Reynolds.

Reynolds has served mostly as a backup linebacker, most recently playing a crucial role on the Falcons special teams unit, playing in 36.4% of snaps last season. Placed on IR last year following an injury sustained against the Jaguars, Atlanta opted not to sign the 27-year old, who has experience as both a middle and weak-side linebacker.

Formerly a Virginia Cavalier, Reynolds went undrafted in 2013 and was signed by the Jags, bouncing onto the rosters of the Bears and eventually the Falcons.

During his time in the league, he’s racked up 91 total tackles in 59 games, starting seven as an Atlanta Falcon. Playing all 16 games in 2016, he tallied 23 tackles and one fumble recovery, along with seven special teams wrap-ups. Most notably for Eagles fans, he recovered a fumble when playing the team in the playoffs back in January.

The Eagles are sparingly light on linebacker depth and adding a veteran like Reynolds, who can not only bolster one of the league’s most prolific special teams units, but adds some length experience for the likes of Joe Walker and Kamu Grugier-Hill to contend with during training camp.

Reynolds may be considered a long-shot to make the roster, but without much in the way of experienced depth behind the likes of Jordan Hicks, the Eagles have made a wise choice in strengthening a spot that will be tested heavily during camp.


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