The Eagles have improved their Special Teams unit this afternoon, as the team announced that they have claimed former Seahawks linebacker D.J. Alexander
Alexander was drafted by Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs back in 2015. He hasn't made an impact on the defensive side of the ball yet in his career, but he has made his living by being an impact Special Teams player. In 2016 he went to the Pro Bowl for the first, and only, time in his career. With LB Kamu Grugier-Hill winning his training camp battle, he is expecting to see the field more often with the defense now. Alexander's addition to the team might be to help replace Grugier-Hill's productivity on the Special Teams unit. We will see if Dave Fipp can turn him into a Pro Bowler again.
The team released LB Joe Walker to make room for Alexander. Walker was selected by the Eagles in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He missed the 2016 season with a torn ACL, and missed the end of last season with a neck injury, so he hasn't been able to show his value to the team as much as he expected. The Eagles decided that he was expendable and feel that they got better as a team today.