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Sam Acho | Linebacker

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 257
College: Texas
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ESPN Cardinals reporter John Weinfuss believes OLB Sam Acho has lost his starting spot to OLB Matt Shaughnessy.
Playing on a one-year, prove it deal, Shaughnessy was a revelation last season, recording 36 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups. Shaugnessy decided to stay in Arizona instead of moving to New England this offseason. Perhaps the opportunity to start was a contributing factor. Acho has never recreated the form he showed in his rookie season, and will be a rotational player in 2014. Sat, May 24, 2014 01:32:00 PM

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Cardinals placed OLB Sam Acho on injured reserve with a broken fibula/ankle, ending his season.

Acho suffered the injury in Arizona's Week 3 loss to Detroit. Since an impressive rookie season (seven sacks, four forced fumbles) in 2011, Acho has seemingly flatlined as a player, and was only playing about 50 percent of the snaps in new DC Todd Bowles' defense. He's signed cheaply through 2014, but the Cards need to find a more explosive edge presence in the offseason.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Cardinals fourth-round rookie OLB Sam Acho recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in Week 12 against the Rams.

His transition from college defensive end is going swimmingly, with five sacks in five starts since taking over for a washed-up Joey Porter. Acho's surprisingly quick development bodes well for a Cardinals defense desperately in need of a young pass rusher. He should be a fixture for 2012.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 07:17:00 PM

The Cardinals intend to use fourth-round pick Sam Acho at outside linebacker.

Acho played defensive end as a college senior, but actually served as an outside linebacker in his first two years at Texas. He is not an athletic freak, but did post a solid 40-time of 4.62 at the Combine while turning in a 33.5-inch vertical. The position transition should be a manageable one for him. We just wouldn't expect a starting-caliber upside from Acho.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 08:55:00 PM

Cardinals selected Texas DE Sam Acho with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

An above-average pass rusher, Acho could have trouble settling into a position in the NFL, as he's a bit slight to stop the run as a defensive end, but perhaps not athletic enough to man outside linebacker. However, he's regarded as a strong leader with a solid football IQ, and should be able to find a niche in the desert before too long.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 12:24:00 PM

Texas DE Sam Acho ran in the 4.65 range at the Scouting Combine Monday, and also impressed in linebacker drills.

SI's Tony Pauline suggests that Acho earned consideration to kick to outside linebacker in 3-4 defenses, which would help his draft stock because he would now appeal to all schemes. Acho could get dinged a bit because he's just under the 6-foot-2 benchmark, but makes up for it with nearly 36-inch arms. He's shaping up as a quality second-round prospect.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 08:37:00 PM

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