Get to Know New Eagles LB Emmanuel Acho


The Eagles traded seldom used running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

Acho, a 2012 sixth round selection, missed all of last season with a knee injury. The backup linebacker will take a physical upon his arrival in Philadelphia on Friday, but the meniscus damage he suffered a year ago is believed to be completely healed.

The 22-year-old was a first-team all-Big 12 selection his senior season while at the University of Texas and has some natural ties to the city of Philadelphia. New Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur drafted Acho and new defensive coordinator Bill Davis served as his position coach a year ago. Apparently, they liked what they saw in his very limited time.

Lewis was deemed expendable given the presence of LeSean McCoy and last season’s late emergence of Bryce Brown. Second-year pro Chris Polk is expected to serve as the team’s third running back.

Here’s a draft profile of Acho that ran on the Eagles’ official team website prior to the 2012 draft.

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