A late cut when the Eagles reduced their roster to 53 players, linebacker Emmanuel Acho had a feeling he would be back in Philadelphia. So even as he played on the Giants' practice squad, and lived in a hotel in Northern New Jersey, Acho kept the house he rented in Philadelphia, and all of his furniture and clothes with it.
"I feel like I took a short vacation, but it feels good to be home," said Acho. "I had a hunch I'd be back here."
Acho said he's had a "5-percent" learning curve since returning and seeing regular season NFL action, but he has been a quick study. Acho has played two games and he recorded four total tackles in Sunday's win over Oakland from his inside linebacker position. Acho is also a core member of Dave Fipp's special teams.
"It feels great and I'm calling the shots when I'm in there behind DeMeco and being the head of the defense," said Acho, who replaced Mychal Kendricks briefly against the Raiders and had an open-field tackle on his first snap. "I forgot what it felt like to be sore and to have a long road trip to a game. It's a punishment that I love to take."