Cuts begin for Eagles; 12 players released

The Eagles have until Tuesday to trim the roster from 90 to 75. The first round of cuts has begun as seven players were released from the roster.

C Mike Coccia, OL Jared Wheeler and Kevin Graf, WR Mike Johnson, Josh Reese and G.J. Kinne, DE Alfy Hill and Jeremy Towns, CB Marc Anthony, S Brandan Bishop, LB Dasman McCullum and TE Justin Tukes were cut by the team, bringing the roster to 78, according to NJ.com's Matt Lombardo.

Towns had been signed last week after a waiver claim. Graf was on the roster last season, but fell behind on the depth chart. Coccia, an Easton, Pa. native, was signed as an undrafted free agent. 

Five of the players were members of the offensive or defensive line. Coccia, Wheeler and Graf are offensive linemen. Hill and Towns are defensive linemen. Johnson is a wide receiver.

Kinne, formerly a quarterback, was being used as a wide receiver and special teams player this season.

Two other players – JaCorey Shepherd, who is out for the season with an ACL injury, and Emmanuel Acho, who was already injured/waived during the past week – will also come off the roster, bringing it to 76. 

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to bring the roster to 75, but most of the cuts are expected to be announced later today. Stay tuned for further updates.

Kevin Durso is managing editor for Eagledelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.