Where are they now?: Rams castoff edition

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Many players have come and gone with the Rams but it’s always interesting to see former players who were drafted by the Rams and what they do next. Surprisingly as mediocre as the Rams have been, teams like the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers covet our former players. Here is what our active ex-Rams are up to in the NFL.

 

Quarterback

 

Sam Bradford (2010 1st-Overall Pick) – Unfortunately Bradford turned out to be quite the bust due to the amount of injuries. The Rams traded him for recently released QB Nick Foles and a second-round pick that was used in the haul for the trade up to select Jared Goff. Bradford has been a solid quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and was re-signed for another two years.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (2005 7th-Round Pick)- We know about “Fitzmagic” and what he brings to the table. The former Harvard grad drafted by the Rams, has had a solid career and currently starts for the New York Jets. He has thrown 48 touchdowns and only 23 interceptions over the last two seasons.

 

Garrett Gilbert (2014 6th-Round Pick) – Gilbert didn’t make the roster for the opening season and has since gone on to win a super bowl with the Patriots. No, he had no part in winning that and is a free agent right now.

 

Running back

 

Isaiah Pead (2012 2nd-Round Pick)– Highly touted Cincinnati back Pead turned out to not be the heir to Steven Jackson like we all had hoped. Pead stuck on the roster for seemingly the fact he was picked so high. Eventually Pead would be let go and after being let go by the Steelers it appears Pead may have found a home in Miami. He has gone for 98 yards on 14 carries and even has shown some flexibility in the passing game making a catch for 30 yards in the first two preseason games. It appears Pead and the Rams have moved on and it’s a little uplifting after his injuries and criticism in St. Louis, Pead looks to finally be nearing a roster spot in which he fully earned.

 

Daryl Richardson (2012 7th-Round Pick) – In that same draft Pead was taken in. Richardson stole Pead’s thunder and outplayed him all the way through camp and into the regular season. Richardson was waived by the Rams in 2014 which started his three-team ricochet until finally staying with a team. The Steelers are liking what they are seeing out of Richardson and he could end up making the final roster.

 

Zac Stacy (2013 5th-Round Pick) – Stacy came off quite the rookie season almost eclipsing 1,000 yards on the ground. That shortly after went away as the Rams drafted Tre Mason who is just about gone from the Rams in the third-round of the next season’s draft. After Stacy would end up tweeting “yikes” as the response to the Rams drafting Todd Gurley at no. 10 overall in the 2015 draft and Stacy was then dealt in that very draft for a seventh-round pick. Stacy has since been fighting for carries with the Jets but to no avail and he was recently cut by the Jets. Stacy still remains a free agent.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Chris Givens (2012 4th-Round Pick) – The field stretching speedster was traded last year in somewhat of a puzzling trade to say the least. He has the most receiving yards of any Jeff Fisher/Les Snead era WR they drafted. Givens signed with the Eagles this offseason which reunites him with old Rams teammate Sam Bradford. Givens is expected to be the team’s slot receiver or fourth receiver.

 

Greg Salas (2011 4th-Round Pick) – Salas was never really given much of a chance to prove himself ended up getting traded to the Patriots his rookie season. After that he basically bounced around to multiple teams and suffered some season ending injuries along the way. The Buffalo Bills seem to have given Salas a home and they just extended his contract this offseason. Salas is looking at possibly becoming the starting slot receiver for the Bills.

 

Tight End

 

Michael Hoomanawanui (2010 5th-Round Pick) – Hoomanawanui looked like a solid tight end and flashed some potential at times but health was his downfall. He seemed to always be hurt. He was cut and shortly after he was picked up by the Patriots in which he went on to win a Super Bowl. The Patriots trading Hommanawanui to the New Orleans Saints for DT Akiem Hicks. He is mainly used at FB and as a blocking TE rather than the pass catcher he was presumed to be coming out of Illinois.

 

Offensive line

 

John Greco (2008 3rd-Round Pick) – Greco spent three years in St. Louis before being traded for a conditional 2012 draft pick. Greco ended up playing very well for the Cleveland Browns and has been there since the trade. He is a borderline pro bowl candidate every year.

 

Richie Incognito (2005 3rd-Round Pick) – He’s the former training camp bully turned top five guard in the league. Incognito was drafted by the Rams. He had some serious talent but he was released because he couldn’t control his anger, leading the penalties to fly. Incognito got picked up by the Buffalo Bills then was waived and became a Miami Dolphin then after that stint he took a year off to go back to the Bills and rank as the no.2 overall offensive guard in the league by Pro Football Focus.

 

Barrett Jones (2013 4th-Round Pick) – He bounced around some teams before joining the Eagles, the team he is on now. Is on the team’s roster bubble at the moment.

 

Mitchell Van Dyk (2014 7th-Round Pick) – The Rams took a shot on the OL out of Portland State. They ended up cutting him the same year he was drafted. He went on to be picked up by the Steelers and now he is on the Indianapolis Colts roster.

 

Defensive line

 

Martin Ifedi (2015 7th-Round Pick) – The Rams drafted Ifedi who by all measure was reportedly impressive in camp but somehow didn’t make the team and has been on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ever since.

 

Chris Long (2008 2nd-Overall Pick) – Long had a very solid career donning the Rams horns. Unfortunately he ended up as a cap casualty and is now on the Patriots. Long has looked solid in camp and preseason and if he can stay healthy he should provide solid pass rushing for New England especially with the trade of their sack leader Chandler Jones.

 

George Selvie (2010 7th-Round Pick) – Selvie was unable to make the team in his second year. He bounced around teams in the NFL until he reached the Dallas Cowboys in which he replaced the injured defensive end Anthony Spencer’s production and started the season. He notched sack totals that put him as the second leading sack artist on the team. Selvie not soon after went back to reunite with his old coach that drafted him Steve Spagnuolo in New York. Selvie is now a free agent.

 

Linebacker

 

James Laurinaitis (2009 2nd-Round Pick) – Laurinaitis was just released this offseason after spending his whole career as a Ram. He ended up becoming the Rams all-time leader in tackles. Now he is heavily coveted by the Saints in a mentor role as one of the veteran linebackers.

 

Cornerback

 

Bradley Fletcher (2009 3rd-Round Pick) – Fletcher played well for the Rams but he wasn’t part of Jeff Fisher’s plan and he was cut from the team in 2012. Unfortunately Fletcher went on to allow the most yards and second most touchdowns in the NFL during the 2014 season while playing for the Eagles. Fletcher moved on to the Patriots in 2015 but was released after two games. He is currently a free agent.

 

Janoris Jenkins (2012 2nd-Round Pick) – Jenkins was one of the remaining members of the RGIII trade with the Redskins that brought a boatload of picks to the Rams. He unfortunately turned down re-negotiations with the team that took a chance on his character. Jenkins moved onto the big apple and is now the starter alongside Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the New York Giants.

 

Brandon McGee (2013 5th-Round Pick) – The former Miami Hurricane was with the Rams for three years until he was cut. McGee was picked up by the Giants and added to their practice squad. He was signed to the active roster but a couple weeks later was waived. McGee was surprisingly just signed by the Detroit Lions two days ago and they believe he has a chance to make their squad.

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