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Eagles claim versatile training camp standout off waivers from Colts

Seems like a smart pickup for Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Eagles claimed defensive back Andre Chachere off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, according to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero.

Chachere (pronounced SASH - ER - RAY) fills one of the two remaining roster spots the Eagles opened up earlier on Thursday.

At first glance, Chachere might not seem like the most exciting addition. He’s a 25-year-old who’s yet to play in a regular season game after originally entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018. Here’s a look at the many transactions he’s been involved in:

Upon closer inspection, however, Chachere seems like he might be a savvy pickup. The 6’0”, 195 pound defender reportedly had a pretty good camp with the Colts. This much according to our friends over at Stampede Blue:

With the Indianapolis Colts being rewarded with two waiver claims — Thakarius Keyes and Chris Wilcox — two roster moves had to be made immediately. Surprisingly, they let go of a preseason standout and former 5th-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Colts have released Andre Chachere and Marvell Tell III to make room for Keyes and Wilcox on the 53-man roster.

Chachere was a standout for the Colts throughout training camp and preseason as he beat out rookie Shawn Davis and veteran Sean Davis for the final roster spot at safety.

There’s also this from a Colts reporter:

A versatile defensive back is an especially perfect fit for Philly’s secondary right now. The Eagles are looking thin at cornerback with just four players at that position on the 53-man roster after putting Josiah Scott on injured reserve. The Eagles also only have four safeties on the roster and two of them — Rodney McLeod and K’Von Wallace — are coming off injury.

As for Chachere getting adjusted to Philly’s defensive scheme, one would think his familiarity with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon would help. Those two overlapped in Indy last year when Chachere spent the season on the Colts’ practice squad.

Before we get too carried away, it’s only fair to note the Colts clearly saw something in Chachere that made him expendable. But the Colts have also made a lot of questionable decisions lately. The Carson Wentz trade isn’t off to a great start. That they gave up anything for Matt Pryor seems crazy. Maybe waiving Chachere is just Chris Ballard’s latest mistake.

Pre-draft scouting report via NFL.com:

Chachere is an athletic outside cornerback with average size and speed and adequate short-area quickness to match routes and challenge throws. His 2016 tape was better than 2017 so how teams weigh those two seasons will be critical. Chachere plays with good intelligence and anticipation and generally handles his job. His issues playing the deep ball mean he needs to run well to prove he has recovery potential. He could be a good value on Day 3 as he has the ability to become an NFL contributor.

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