By all appearances, linebacker Emmanuel Acho had as good a preseason as anyone could have asked. He led the Eagles in tackles in each of their last two preseason games and was effective as a blitzer and against the run. It was no surprise, then, when Acho was still on the roster after the final cutdown Saturday.
On Monday, Acho was released. The Eagles were awarded linebacker Najee Goode, who was a fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay last year. At 6-foot, 244 pounds, Goode is two inches shorter than Acho. Also, he was playing middle linebacker in the Bucs' 4-3 scheme, so he'll have to adjust to the 3-4 being implemented by Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis.
With the move, the retention of inside linebacker Casey Matthews makes even less intuitive sense. Matthews is a solid special teamer, but he has shown that his upside at linebacker just isn't that great.
The Eagles also signed safety Trenton Robinson, who had been in camp with San Francisco, to their practice squad. He joins OT Michael Bamiro, LB Travis Long, WR Greg Salas and RB Matthew Tucker. The Eagles still have three openings for the squad.