Trade Alert: Eagles add S Rudy Ford in exchange for DT Bruce Hector, here’s what the Eagles are getting in Ford
22 August 2019 Eagles News
A trade has happened between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Eagles have sent defensive tackle Bruce Hector to the Cardinals in exchange for safety Rudy Ford. For the Eagles, this trade makes sense for a multitude of reasons and here’s why.
It was always going to be tough for Hector to make the Eagles roster. He’d have likely ended up on waivers as a potential practice squad candidate. So, at this point in the season, it’s worth taking a shot on someone else.
Who exactly are they getting in Ford?
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Ford was a former sixth round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Coming out of the University of Auburn he was known for his big hits and explosive plays. This talent translated well over to the NFL.
He’s been on the Cardinals for two seasons, playing in 23 games. He had a key role for them on special teams. His rookie year ended with a knee injury, however he bounced back last season and played in 13 games.
Ford was a 6th round pick out of Auburn in 2017. He played 13 games last year (1 start), posting 9 tackles.
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However; what he’s going to bring to the Eagles is great special teams play. Obviously, he’s not going to push Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo and even Jonathan Cyprien for playing time at safety right now.
But, he’s going to still have an impact on special teams. He’s been graded as one of the top special teams performers in the league. The Eagles are always looking to add talent there. Although these players never get any glory, their role is vital. This could be a sneaky good addition for the Eagles.
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