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Eagles (unsuccessfully) tried to claim two defensive linemen on waivers

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Philly looking for more DL help?

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles made at least three waiver claims on Sunday, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

We know that one of the claims was successful. The Eagles added linebacker/special teams ace D.J. Alexander to their roster after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks.

The Eagles’ other two claims did not come to fruition since Philadelphia was beat out by teams lower on the waiver wire order. (The Eagles were dead last at 32nd since they won the Super Bowl. Good “problem” to have.)

The two players the Eagles tried to claim were: former Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle T.Y. McGill.

Edwards was drafted by the Raiders in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The FSU alumnus only managed to notch 5.5 sacks in 30 games played (24 starts). Edwards ended up getting claimed by the New York Giants, who were second overall in the waiver order. Boo.

McGill, 25, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He has 13 tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble to his name during 28 career games played.

It’s possible the Eagles simply really liked these players but this seems like a sign the team wants to improve their defensive line depth. Philadelphia is already plenty deep at defensive end but their defensive tackle depth could afford to improve. It’s only Haloti Ngata, Destiny Vaeao, and undrafted rookie Bruce Hector behind Fletcher Cox right now. (Plus Winston Craig on the practice squad.)

For now, the Eagles will have to wait on adding more depth. It’s worth filing away that Edwards and McGill are players they’ve shown interest in should they shake free in the future.