Eagles Sign DE/OLB McCoy, Release Demetress Bell

The Eagles announced today that they’ve signed DE/OLB Chris McCoy and released Demetress Bell.

McCoy spent the last two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.  He had three sacks and 29 tackles in 2012, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in August.

McCoy (6-3, 261) played his college ball at Middle Tennessee State and was a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Here’s what NFL.com had to say about him at the time:

McCoy, from Middle Tennessee State, is another small-school defensive end projected to convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. McCoy has a quick first step, is a natural bender and has a great motor. Like most of these small-school conversion projects, he’s undersized.

In his final college season, McCoy had seven sacks and 20 tackles for loss (tied for seventh-most in the country). The Dolphins released him after training camp, but added him to their practice squad later in the season. McCoy later joined Houston’s practice squad, and the Steelers added him to their offseason roster in 2011.

The Eagles have kept an eye on the CFL for defensive talent in the past. They signed Phillip Hunt from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2011 and reportedly showed interest in defensive lineman Armon Armstead earlier this offseason.

As for Bell, the Eagles signed him last offseason after Jason Peters went down with an Achilles injury. Bell was one of the top tackles on the market at the time, but proved to be a disaster with the Birds. He started four games and was a complete liability.

Below is a YouTube highlight reel of McCoy from college. Thanks to Tommy Lawlor over at IgglesBlitz.com for Tweeting out the link.

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  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Good camp body. And if he’s the next Cameron Wake, then great.

    • FMWarner

      Exactly. What’s the downside?

      • Andy

        There’s no downside. It’s actually a good low-risk move. We’re just having fun.

  • Andy

    CFL, check. Knee injury, check. Seventh round pick, check. Small school, check. Undersized, check. High motor, check.

    • theycallmerob

      Reid’s probably cursing our name for stealing such a stud prospect.

    • Frank

      Andy, you don’t work here anymore.

    • barkeep

      Roseman, go home, you’re drunk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.mrzljak Luke Ivan

      All the comments to this are awesome haha

      • DutchEagle

        Agreed! I always wonder why sarcasm is considered the lowest form of wit..

    • Dramatin

      Undersized? Are you stupid?

      • Andy

        No, I just read the post.

        —————————
        McCoy, from Middle Tennessee State, is another small-school defensive
        end projected to convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. McCoy
        has a quick first step, is a natural bender and has a great motor. Like
        most of these small-school conversion projects, he’s undersized.
        —————————

    • Nik

      Quick first step, check. Lack of any further steps, check

  • Johnny Domino

    Hunt speaks Canadian, so he won’t need an interpreter.

    • Ant

      He’s from Tennessee jackass

      • http://www.facebook.com/luke.mrzljak Luke Ivan

        I think the jokes on you…….

      • Johnny Domino

        I prefer “smug prick”, thank you very much.

      • theycallmerob

        don’t even know where to begin with that one….

  • Tracer Bullet

    Let’s look at some 3-4 OLBs.

    Woodley: 6-foot-4, 265 lbs
    Harrison: 6-foot-0, 242 lbs
    Barwin: 6-foot-4, 268 lbs
    Merciless: 6-foot-4, 257 lbs
    Brooks: 6-foot-3, 259 lbs
    Aldon Smith: 6-foot-4, 258 lbs

    How on Earth is 6-foot-3, 261 lbs “undersized” for a 3-4 OLB?

  • TPZ

    It’s all comedy on this thread! Great comments y’all!

  • xlGmanlx

    Don’t we have to get to 90 pretty soon? If he is active on game days, I would be pleasantly surprised. I don’t care where the depth comes from, as long as it improves across the board.

  • BDAWKS

    just heard AR is negotiating a trade for over all #1 pick for this guy

  • djack10

    Apparently Kelly didn’t find anything appealing about Bell on tape. One down and about 30 more to go…

  • metaReign

    They brought in a player for the defense and let go a player from the offense. Let’s see, HR has got something up his sleeves, the fact CK has watched enough films from (maybe) the past 2 years. I wonder who HR will bring in and who is the next one going…..maybe Dunlap or someone on the PS, perhaps someone on Secondary?

    Guess it’s difficult finding players for the Secondary, because those players can sometimes be salvageable against a handful of receivers. Having a good DB Coach could help define the difference between size, abilities (speed, quickness, vertical reach, etc.) and smart awareness.

    They could be a few out there, but who and from where, the street, other teams or league? Even rookies needs to break the ice with a few veterans. I can’t imagine the rookies running the back end, against tough WRs. Hell, all QBs would love to rip right through them consistently. It is one of the hardest unit to defend against the pass. To find some well dependable, strong and smart DBs to defend in the Secondary, will take some hard calculation break-downs and the best averages of the lots.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    He’s got size, does he have speed?