Upshaw (undisclosed) was waived/injured by the Jets on Saturday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Upshaw signed with the Jets this offseason in hopes of resurrecting his value as a pass rusher. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear as though Upshaw will be able to do so in New York after being waived Saturday. Upshaw has spent last season with Atlanta where he registered nine total tackles and a sack.
While the reasoning for Upshaw's placement on this particular list isn't clear, the linebacker can immediately return to practice upon gaining medical clearance. When healthy, the 2012 second-rounder will compete for the starting job at defensive end opposite Leonard Williams.
Upshaw spent the early years of his career playing outside linebacker in Baltimore's 3-4 scheme, but he has spent the past couple of seasons with a hand in the dirt at either defensive end or defensive tackle for the Falcons. Now at 272 pounds, he will return to a 3-4 scheme in New York, though it wouldn't be surprising if the Jets keep him at defensive end. Either way, the 2012 second-round pick's versatility should give him a shot to play on Sundays this fall.
Upshaw visited the Eagles recently, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
A 2012 second-round pick, Upshaw spent the first four seasons of his career playing outside linebacker in Baltimore's 3-4 defense, then spent the past two years at end and tackle in Atlanta's 4-3 scheme. He only has 216 tackles, seven sacks and six forced fumbles in 90 career regular-season games, but the versatility might make him useful if the Eagles were to run into injury issues with their fantastic defensive line. The 28-year-old probably would have a better shot at a meaningful Week 1 role if he signed with a less talented team.
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