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Eagles claim S Marcus Epps off waivers

The Eagles claimed safety Marcus Epps off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

A sixth-round pick of the Vikings in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 23-year-old Epps played in the first eight games for Minnesota and registered one tackle in 12 snaps on defense. Epps was on the field for 76 snaps on special teams.

The 6-0, 191-pound Epps is a player who the Eagles liked in the draft. He's a player who could potentially help right away on special teams, but the team sees as a developmental prospect for the future. The Eagles now have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod as the starters at safety. Rudy Ford is a special teams player. Avonte Maddox also has safety experience as well.

The Eagles had a roster spot open after waiving safety Andrew Sendejo on Tuesday. Sendejo returned to the Vikings, who waived Epps to bring him back.

Epps was a finalist at Wyoming for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the best college football player who began as a walk-on. A four-year starter, Epps started all 50 games in his college career. A three-time captain, Epps finished his Wyoming career with 325 tackles and nine interceptions.

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