The Eagles filled out their 90-man roster on Monday as they claimed defensive end Monte Taylor off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
Taylor was originally a rookie free agent signing of Seattle following the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Cincinnati. There are now five Eagles on the roster who played their college football at Cincinnati, which is the most from any one college. The other former Bearcats are tight end Brent Celek, defensive end Trent Cole, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard and center Jason Kelce.
The 6-5, 266-pound Taylor posted 24 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks in 24 games over two seasons at Cincinnati. In 2011, he registered 4.0 sacks and four tackles for a loss along with three forced fumbles. The 24-year-old Los Angeles, Calif. native recorded 45 tackles, eight blocked kicks and five interceptions while attending El Camino Community College (Torrance, Calif.) from 2008-09.
Obviously Taylor faces a long battle with defensive end being one of the strongest positions in terms of depth on the roster. The Eagles have two Pro Bowl players in Cole and Jason Babin. They invested a second-round pick this year in Vinny Curry. There's former first-round pick Brandon Graham and key contributors from last season in Phillip Hunt and Darryl Tapp.
An offensive and defensive standout at Washington High School, Taylor was recognized with first-team all-conference honors on offense and second-team accolades on defense. He played in the All-City Gridiron Game and was named one of the top-two tight ends in Los Angeles coming out of high school. He was also an a star on the track and field squad, earning Mission League titles in the long jump, and triple jump and as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays.
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