The Los Angeles Rams signed eight players to Reserve/Futures contracts last week to lock up the players from the practice squad they valued most:
S Jerome Couplin (William & Mary)
LB Cassanova McKinzy (Auburn)
LB Reggie Northrup (Florida State)
CB Kevin Peterson (Oklahoma State)
WR Brandon Shippen (Temple)
CB Kevin Short (Fort Scott CC)
RB Brandon Wegher (Morningside)
TE Bryce Williams (East Carolina)
The two players from the practice squad the Rams didn’t sign were OT Isaiah Battle and DE Lenny Jones. The Rams selected Battle in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft sacrificing their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to do so. He failed to log a single snap since.
Reserve/Future contracts are available for teams to offer to any players not signed to an active roster at the conclusion of the regular season. Futures contracts are minimum-salary deals with little or no signing bonus, so the only players willing to accept them are the practice squad, fringe roster types. While teams are required to hold a 53-man active roster with a 10-man practice squad in season, the offseason allows them to work down to that from a 90-man roster. This year, the 90-man cap will go into effect on March 9. The 53-man deadline is yet to be announced, but generally follows the conclusion of the preseason schedules of all 32 teams.
Last year, the Rams signed six players to Reserve/Future contracts: G David Arkin, TE Justice Cunningham, LB Zach Hodges, FB Zach Laskey, WR Deon Long and LB/S Matthew Wells.
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Physically, Couplin is a freak of nature. Standing at 6’2 and 215 lbs.
At his Pro Day on March 18, Couplin ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He also had a vertical of 41.5 inches and a standing broad jump of 11 feet 2 inches, all accomplished outside in rainy, 32 degree conditions.
Couplin has an 81 inch wingspan, which means that he can practically touch his knees when standing straight up.
Coupled with his jumping ability, Couplin’s physical attributes are a defensive coordinator’s dream. To put it into perspective, Couplin can catch a football 13 feet in the air (the top of a basketball backboard), or dive for a football a car length away.
His Pro day results in the 40 yard dash, three cone drill, and bench press numbers tied or beat the projected top two safeties in this year’s draft (Alabama’s Ha‘Sean “Ha-Ha” Clinton Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor ). Couplin’s results in the standing broad jump are the best for a safety in the last 10 years at the combine and his vertical would have been first among safeties at this year’s combine.
Too bad about Battle. He came to the Rams with some degree of hype. Several sports writers predicted he would be playing if not starting soon after his arrival to the Rams. Some thought this guy might have been the equivalent of a second or third round pick. His body size and shape suggested to me he could play. It's disappointing to see so many hyped O-linemen come and go to the Rams. Some of us can remember back to Mike Schad!
Watch KC turns this LT into a good and above average tackleDispatched wrote:Too bad about Battle. He came to the Rams with some degree of hype. Several sports writers predicted he would be playing if not starting soon after his arrival to the Rams. Some thought this guy might have been the equivalent of a second or third round pick. His body size and shape suggested to me he could play. It's disappointing to see so many hyped O-linemen come and go to the Rams. Some of us can remember back to Mike Schad!