May 03, 2016
In the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles made eight selections, and then unofficially signed 15 undrafted free agents. With over 20 new players soon to be officially added to the roster, the Eagles have made some cuts.
Let's review them:
• Jerome Couplin, S: Couplin appeared in eight games for the Eagles last season, tallying five total tackles. He was originally added to the roster in 2014, when the Eagles poached him from the Lions' practice squad, where he played under new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. It was thought by some that Couplin could be a player Schwartz liked. In 2015, Couplin missed a big chunk of training camp with an appendectomy, and was placed on IR late in the season with a shoulder injury.
• Freddie Martino, WR: Martino was on the Eagles' practice squad in 2015, but with the additions of Rueben Randle, Chris Givens, T.J. Graham, and a handful of undrafted free agents, Martino's roster spot was taken away.
• Brandon Hepburn, LB: Hepburn was on the Eagles' practice squad a year ago as well, although the Eagles are much thinner at linebacker than the are presently at wide receiver, as noted above. The Eagles could perhaps still be looking to add linebacker help.
• Ross Scheuerman, RB: The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round of the draft, and reportedly added a pair of undrafted running backs, if you consider Oregon's Byron Marshall a running back (and not a receiver).
• Ryan Mueller, FB: Mueller played linebacker for the Chargers, and the Eagles gave him a look at fullback. Mueller's presence indicated that the Eagles were looking to utilize the fullback position in their offense, if nothing else.