3 Fun facts on newly-promoted Philadelphia Eagles CB Michael Jacquet

Michael Gallup #13, Michael Jacquet #38, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Michael Gallup #13, Michael Jacquet #38, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Michael Jacquet was a nice find for the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense.

Let’s rewind the tape just a tad. April is a good starting point. Philadelphia Eagles fans and the supporters of the other 31 professional football teams were preparing for a live sporting event, the 2020 NFL Draft. Round 1 brought a surprise. Jalen Reagor was taken by the Birds over Justin Jefferson. Round 2 brought another. Philly took a quarterback.

By the time the selection meeting had ended, the Eagles had added ten members to the family. The work was just beginning though. Post-draft, Philadelphia added more than a dozen undrafted free agents, including offensive collegiate stars like Adrian Killins and defensive standouts like Dante Olson, Grayland Arnold, and Michael Jacquet III.

Jacquet’s Philadelphia Eagles career is already one he can tell his grandchildren about.

It hasn’t even been seven months, and Mr. Jacquet has already had a whirlwind of a career. After being waived during final roster cuts on September 4th, he was signed to the practice squad on September 29th. Since then, he’s been elevated to the active roster, thrown off of it, and re-added to the practice squad.

On the Tuesday leading up to Week 11’s game versus the Cleveland Browns, the Eagles announced that Jacquet had been elevated to the active roster. About five hours later, at about 4:15 p.m. EST, Philly announced that they were protecting three of their practice squad players: the previously mentioned Grayland Arnold, defensive tackle Raequan Williams, and tight end Caleb Wilson. Let’s have some fun now. It was hard to resist digging up a couple of stories about the former Ragin’ Cajun.

Here are three fun facts about the Philadelphia Eagles corner.

1. Superior athletes run in this man’s family.

Jacquet is the cousin of former NBA All-Star Rashard Lewis. The former scored 15,579 points and pulled down 5,433 rebounds during his career in the National Basketball Association. The latter has a total of 30 career snaps and three total tackles on his resume. Hopefully, he’ll play for a long time and add a few more stats to that line.

2. Dude has both physical skill and brains.

Playing the quarterback position in one of the country’s hotbeds for high school talent in the great state of Texas, Mr. Jacquet graduated 38th in his senior class of 417 students at Beaumont Central. He’d also go on to become a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.

This former college quarterback (yes, he was a quarterback) threw for 2,141 yards, picked up another 720 yards with his legs, and produced a total of 43 trips to the end zone on his way to his third all-district nod and a share of the District 22-5A title for his alma mater. Not bad huh?

3. Jacquet can play a little wide receiver if need be. 

Michael Jacquet’s collegiate career with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns actually began on the offensive side of the ball as he was recruited to play wide receiver. During his redshirt junior season, he made the switch to defensive back and the rest, as they say, is history.

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During his final two seasons, Philly’s new cornerback racked up 93 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of yardage, a sack, 14 pass breakups, and four interceptions. Michael Jacquet is going to be a fine addition to this Philadelphia Eagles defense. Let’s hope Marquand Manuel can coach him up.