All you need to know: Eagles claim former Niners Safety off waivers


The Eagles continue to make a flurry of post-Draft roster moves, with the claiming of former Niners safety, Godwin Igwebuike, from the waiver wire, being the latest.

Igwebuike went undrafted out of Northwestern last year and stands at 6’0, 212 lbs. During his senior season, he led Northwestern defensive backs with 78 tackles, ranking third on the team. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after the Draft and did enough during the offseason to put himself in contention to battle for a roster spot.

He would appear in 3 preseason contest, starting once, and recording 11 total tackles and one pass defensed as well as two special teams tackles. This was enough to earn a spot on the team’s practice squad.

He was activated in week 11, playing 12 snaps against the New York Giants and playing predominantly in special teams. After being waived by the team, he would catch on with the Niners where he would also be a special teams presence.

Igwebuike played in a total of 64 special teams snaps last season, adding another tackle to the one he recorded with the Bucs.

The Eagles are reportedly bringing in a heft amount of UDFA depth when it comes to the Safety position and Igwebuike should fit that mold. His presence on special teams may give him a leg up over the newly-signed competition and he should be aiming to leap onto the Eagles roster, perhaps filling a purely special teams role that former Safety Chris Maragos has left behind.

Either way, it will be interesting to see if Igwebuike can separate himself from the crowd this offseason at what is still quite a light Safety position.

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