Eagles Trade Dion Lewis for Linebacker
The Philadelphia Eagles have traded running back Dion Lewis to Cleveland Browns for LB Emmanuel Acho according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Acho was sixth-round pick out of Texas, he was going to be a reserve on defense and play special teams but was injured during a Browns preseaosn game and placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Acho is an instinctual 4-3 linebacker that has little wasted movements when playing the run or short zones in coverage. However, too often he gets engulfed at the second level and has difficulties fighting through those blocks. He'll offer nice depth at the linebacker position and a great work ethic on special teams.
As for Lewis, he fell behind rookie Bryce Brown last season as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Lewis has just 36 career carries to his name and ended up rushing just 13 times last season even though McCoy missed four games with a concussion. At 5-foot-8, 195 pounds, he seems to small to be an every down back in the NFL, but could be a productive player is a running back rotation system.
Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman continue to bring in competition, specifically on the defensive-side of the ball and beef up the special teams.