“Chip Kelly keeps remaking roster: Eagles traded RB Dion Lewis to Browns for LB Emmanuel Acho.”
Acho is a player that was drafted by Cleveland just last year. He was picked in the 6th Round (#204 overall). I never got fully comfortable with Acho. He is 6-2, 238. That’s okay size. He had solid production at Texas. Did some good things at the Senior Bowl. Showed flashes of athleticism in his game tape. The problem is that he wasn’t great at anything.
He didn’t look athletic enough for OLB in the 4-3. He wasn’t physical enough for MLB. It could be that his best hope in the NFL is playing ILB in the 3-4. Eagles DC Bill Davis was the LBs coach for the Browns last year and knows Acho up close and personal. Obviously he saw enough in Acho to approve this trade. That doesn’t mean he loves Acho, but it is somewhat of a positive angle.
This move doesn’t say much, but it does show you that the Eagles aren’t comfortable with Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney, or Ryan Rau as backup ILBs. Acho will come in to battle them for a backup spot. He’s not guaranteed making the team or anything like that, but he’s better than just adding a camp body. It is interesting that this move came shortly after Rolando McClain signed in Baltimore. did the Eagles make a run at him?
As for Dion Lewis, he never adjusted well to pro football. Lewis can be a role player, but must straighten up some off-field stuff. Pro football is a business. Players are a commodity and they are replaceable. Stars can get away with being knuckleheads, but backups are expendable. Lewis is lucky that Andy Reid was patient with him.
The Eagles are more likely to draft a RB now. They still could draft an ILB if the right player is on the board at the right spot. DeMeco Ryans isn’t getting any younger.