There isn’t much room for a fullback in the offense of Eagles coach Chip Kelly, where speed, in both getting the plays off and the players on the field, is paramount. That made fullback Stanley Havili expendable, and the Eagles traded him to the Indianapolis Colts in return for defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday. Havili was well-regarded, especially by running back LeSean McCoy, who endorsed the then-rookie for the Pro Bowl midway through last season, saying that “he blows people up” when he’s on the field blocking for him. But in free agency the Eagles added James Casey, who plays both tight end and fullback. They also have Emil Igwenagu, who can play both positions. And Kelly has often stated that he likes versatile players who can play multiple positions. Havili was strictly a fullback. He rushed six times for 22 yards last season and caught seven passes for 43 yards. Geathers, meanwhile, gives the Eagles depth at defensive tackle. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Geathers (pronounced “Gathers”) will play for his sixth team since entering the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He played in eight games for the Colts last season, recording five tackles and a sack. In all, he has played in 15 games with the one sack. The Eagles could use that depth after defensive end Darryl Tapp was reportedly signed Thursday by the Washington Redskins. Geathers is expected to compete with Vinny Curry, the Eagles’ second-round draft pick last season, for a starting spot opposite Fletcher Cox in the hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme that new defensive coordinator Bill Davis is expected to use.
Chip Kelly adds 'D' lineman
Courier-Post | Mar 29