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Eagles claim defensive end off waivers from Bills

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Another roster move.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have claimed defensive end Jake Metz off of waivers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Metz was waived by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Metz is a Philadelphia native. He briefly spent time with the Eagles last year following his championship run with the Philadelphia Soul. Metz played in the fourth and final preseason game last year before getting waived prior to the final cuts. That’ll likely be the case again this year.

The Eagles are likely signing Metz so they can have another body at defensive end for their preseason finale against the New York Jets. Prior to signing Metz, Philadelphia was only carrying five defensive ends on their 53-man roster. This way the Eagles can rest some of their other defensive ends while allowing Metz a chance to earn a job somewhere else in the NFL.

With Metz in the fold, the Eagles’ roster now stands at 87 players. Philadelphia made some roster moves earlier today but that didn’t affect their total.

The Eagles have until 4:00 PM Eastern this Saturday, Sept. 2 to get down to the 53-man limit. Final roster cuts are coming soon.