It seems to be a trend.
Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Joe Bachie to their active roster. The undrafted rookie linebacker previously spent the first part of this season on the Saints practice squad.
Practice squad players can not be signed to another team’s practice squad, but they can be signed to another’s active roster. As the Eagles are playing the Saints today, the timing of this transaction appears premeditated.
This could be a calculated move by the Eagles to gain any knowledge of their next opponent. It’s unclear how much of the Saints’ playbook Bachie has memorized, but it certainly can’t hurt the Eagle’s chances of learning more about the Saints than they were able to via film study.
Luckily, the Saints have a former Eagles player in the Black and Gold, and his knowledge of the Eagles’ offense and defense is probably even more detailed. After signing with the Eagles in free agency, Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins played for Philadelphia from 2014 through 2019.
In fact, no one on the Eagles defense during that time could possibly know more about them than the record setting iron man. To date, Jenkins has started a whopping 103 games in a row, but perhaps even more impressive was his streak of consecutive snaps. Until he took a brief rest during the Chargers game back in October, Jenkins hadn’t missed a defensive snap in three years.
With 2:34 left in the 3rd quarter, Malcolm Jenkins missed his first defensive snap since Week 17, 2017 (when the Eagles rested their starters in preparation for the playoffs).
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 13, 2020
It will be interesting to see which player might be able to help their current team’s scouting department more, but either way, we will be in for a treat as two NFC rivals take the field: one trying to save their playoff hopes with the other trying to secure a top seed, home field advantage, and the ever-important first round playoff bye week.
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