Instant analysis: Eagles sign a DT to the practice squad

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: TaQuon Marshall #16 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets carries the ball against Albert Huggins #67 of the Clemson Tigers on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

After swapping out Akeen Spence for UDFA Anthony Rush, the Eagles signed DT Albert Huggins from the Texans practice squad.

We all know why the move really happened…

On a serious note, the Eagles couldn’t be lighter at DT if they tried. Timmy Jernigan should be back soon, but Malik Jackson is out for the year, Akeem Spence has been cut, and Hassan Ridgeway exited the game on Sunday with an injury that could mean he misses some time.

Huggins was a top-20 DT prospect coming out of Clemson but went undrafted. As part of a rotation that featured Christian Wilkins, Dexter Larence, Clelin Ferrell, and Austin Bryant, he was always going to be the odd man out.

In 2018 however, he flashed an ability to get to the QB (finishing with more sacks than Lawrence that season) and stuff the run, tallying 5 tackles in the Tigers’ national championship win.

He may have only had four starts but saw plenty of time as a rotational defensive tackle. At 6’3, 305 lbs, he finished his career at Clemson with 69 tackles, 13 TFL, and 7.5 sacks.

It may only be a practice squad move, but he could well be in-line for an early call up if the injury bug sinks its teeth in even further.

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