Biggs: Eagles put excess at wide receiver to use
Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles were able to put to use their excess at wide receiver.
The Eagles dealt rookie wideout Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick in 2010 to the St. Louis Rams for some help in the middle of the defense. Will Witherspoon is the second veteran linebacker the Eagles have acquired in recent weeks after signing Jeremiah Trotter off the street. The plan is to plug Witherspoon in quickly in place of Omar Gaither, who has more or less manned the spot since Stewart Bradley was lost to a knee injury in preseason. Gaither is currently dealing with a foot injury, and is headed to see a specialist.
“We'll put him at the (middle linebacker) spot to start with,” Reid said on a conference call. “It doesn't look like Omar is going to be able to go for a little bit here.
Reid believes Witherspoon’s familiarity with Steve Spagnuolo’s defense in St. Louis will make it an easy transition for him. The veteran also has the ability to play the weak side. he will debut Monday night against Washington.
“He's a three-down linebacker,” Reid said. “He came play both and he's very good at both of them. He's a good cover linebacker. He can cover tight ends and linebackers, which is a plus.”
Gibson, a sixth-round pick, played well during the summer but was inactive for four of the Eagles’ five games.
“Listen, I kept him on, which I normally don’t keep that many wide receivers,” Reid said. “I think that speaks for itself. I think he's going to have a great career in the NFL.”
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