Ea­gles claim Soud­er­ton grad Metz off waivers

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - Staff Re­ports

The Philadel­phia Ea­gles claimed Soud­er­ton grad Jake Metz off waivers from the Buf­falo Bills Wed­nes­day, the team an­nounc­ing the move on its Twit­ter ac­count.

Metz, who played in col­lege at Ship­pens­burg Univer­sity, joins the Ea­gles’ roster for their fourth and fi­nal pre­sea­son game, a road con­test against the New York Jets 7 p.m. Thurs­day at MetLife Sta­dium.

It is Metz’s sec­ond time with the Ea­gles, with the Birds sign­ing him last Au­gust a few days after he helped the Philadel­phia Soul win the 2016 Arena Foot­ball League cham­pi­onship. Metz played against the Jets in the 2016 pre­sea­son fi­nale at Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field but was later re­leased as the Ea­gles cut their roster down to 53 play­ers.

Metz headed across the globe last fall to con­tinue his foot­ball

ball ca­reer, play­ing in the China Arena Foot­ball League (CAFL) with the Qing­dao Clip­pers, who lost to the Bei­jing Lions 3534 in the first-ever China Bowl — the league’s ti­tle games — in Novem­ber.

Metz was signed by the

Bills in April and on Tues­day was one of six play­ers Buf­falo re­leased.

Metz played two sea­sons with the Soul, be­com­ing a stand­out player for Philly dur­ing the 2016 season — lead­ing the AFL in sacks and was named the league’s De­fen­sive Line­man of the Year as the Soul claimed the AFL ti­tle with a 56-42 win over Ari­zona in Arena Bowl XXIX.

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