The Eagles are staying active on the waiver wires this Labor Day weekend, but the front office's latest move comes as a bit of a shock. The team has waived preseason gem inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho in order to make room for inside linebacker Najee Goode, who they claimed off of waivers from the Buccaneers. Goode, a fifth-round pick in last year's draft, was waived by Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Emmanuel Acho was clearly one of the brightest spots for the Eagles this preseason, more so than Casey Matthew or Jake Knott, so it is a bit of a perplexing move by the team. While Acho clearly wasn't a starter, he outperformed most of his teammates on defense and seemed to excel throughout the preseason. He even had a background with Billy Davis, who helped drafted him with the Cleveland Browns last year.
Still the Eagles likely had a reason for letting Acho go. Perhaps it came down to his special teams prowess, as both Matthews and Knott are much more useful in that department. Acho was also hard to miss due to his ability to be everywhere on the field, so perhaps he wasn't attacking gaps properly and was strictly freelancing. Either way, this move is sure to confuse spectators in the short term, as the entire BGN Staff and Tommy Lawlor all saw Acho as the number three inside linebacker.
The newest Eagles, Goode, appeared in three games for the Buccaneers last season. A product of the West Virginia University, he played both inside and outside linebacker for the Mountaineers. At 6-foot and 241-pounds, he is a small for a 4-3 middle linebacker and ran a 4.64 forty-yard dash at the Combine. His father, John, played tight end for the Eagles in 1985.
Goode is likely to play special teams for the Eagles and perhaps backup DeMeco Ryans as a thumper. He really only has two years of starting experience in college to judge, as he mostly played special teams as a freshman and a sophomore. This move isn't likely to sit well with the "Acho Manics." BGN will have more on Goode tomorrow morning.