The Eagles' new odd front has caused several changes on the team's roster. Veterans like Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins are long gone (well, at least the distance from Philadelphia to the Meadowlands), and Trent Cole and Brandon Graham have moved to outside linebacker. The team does still have exciting young holdovers like Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton and Vinny Curry, but there is definitely a need for depth along the team's defensive line. The Eagles added Issac Sopoaga in free agency, traded for Clifton Geathers and drafted Joe Kruger and Dave King during the offseason to solidify the line, but still there is room for competition. Among those searching for a role with the Eagles is undrafted free agent Damion Square.
While in high school, Sqaure was ranked as the ninth overall linebacker recruit in the country by Scout.com in 2008. He converted to the defensive line during his tenure at the University of Alabama. Square redshirted as a true freshmen but only played two games in his second year on campus due to a torn ACL. The native of Houston returned in his redshirt sophomore year and played in 13 games while starting six. He finished the 2010 campaign with 27 tackles and three sacks.
As a junior, Square became a full-time starter for Nick Saban's defense. In 13 games, he registered 32 tackles (seven for loss) and a sack. Square was a member of Alabama defense that shutout the LSU Tigers to the National Championship in 2011. In his final year with the Crimson Tide, Square had a career-season with 33 tackles (four for loss) and 3.5 sacks. He won his second National Championship against Notre Dame in January.
Square went undrafted in April, despite his college experience and high-profile accomplishments as a starter. The 6-foot-3, 286-pound lineman was considered a steal when he signed with the Eagles following the draft. According to CSN Philly's Rueben Frank, the team thinks so too:
An early surprise in Eagles camp has been undrafted rookie DL Damion Square. @GeoffMosherCSN was on him back in minicamps. Eagles love him.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) August 1, 2013
Here is a look at Square in action: