Los Angeles Rams 90-Man Roster Preview: Guard Jamil Demby

by Jake Ellenbogen
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The Los Angeles Rams have one of the best depth-filled offensive line units they have had in recent memory. Of those men, one should not and cannot forget about – Jamil Demby. The former Maine, Senior Bowl standout and 2018 sixth-round draft pick, Demby has already made his way onto another roster only to find himself come back to his original team. Can the versatile Demby carve out enough of a role to stay in Los Angeles longer? He’s next in our roster preview series.

2018 Season

After being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Demby found his way onto a Rams squad that had an opportunity waiting for him right from the get-go. Demby flashed and continued to do so in the preseason which ultimately led to him making the 53-man roster. Unfortunately on the Rams waived the sixth-round pick during roster cuts and hoped to sign him to the practice squad.

The Detroit Lions wasted no time, however, to grab the sixth-round pick off of waivers. A week later, the Lions waived Demby, and while the Rams attempted to sign him to their practice squad, Demby declined to stay with the Lions.

However, in December Demby finally signed onto Rams practice squad. Following the season, the  Rams signed the offensive lineman to a futures contract.

Roster Battle

This is interesting because it’s uncertain how the Rams view last year’s sixth-round pick. It’s worth mentioning that Demby played every single position on the offensive line during OTAs. While others might be more talented or stronger or even more athletic, Demby is exceptionally versatile, which adds to his value.

Three Plays on Tape

The Rams took several players from the Senior Bowl in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s Demby at left tackle,  stonewalling USC defensive end  Uchenna Nwosu.

This play comes last year during the preseason. Demby does an excellent job of pulling and finding the linebacker at the second level to make room for a five-yard run. The sixth-round pick was impressive last year during the preseason, and due to the team’s depth on the offensive line, he was cut before being signed later in the year.

Demby immediately starts the second half against the Houston Texans in the preseason and is as solid as can be. This is nothing special, but you can see how his hands are active, and he stays in front of his defender.

Biggest Question

Will Jamil Demby make the roster?

Demby is somebody that the Rams like. They had to cut him last season due to the numbers game, but they made an effort to get him on the practice squad and did so late in the year.

He’ll have a year under his belt and is one of the most versatile players on the offensive line. He’ll have to earn it, but he should be favored right behind depth guys like David Edwards and Bobby Evans to make the roster.

2019 Outlook and Role

Demby spent last season on the practice squad. This season he’ll look to earn a spot on the final-53. The  2018 sixth-round pick may not start, but he provides solid depth at every position that already has experience in the offense.

Chances of Making the Final Roster

Demby came up just short in 2018. However, with no Rodger Saffold or John Sullivan on the team, depth becomes the most important part of the offensive line. The sixth-round pick has experience with the team from last year and has been taking snaps at every position. The chances of Demby making the roster are excellent, but the final-53 is a numbers game. Given that seven of the spots are already taken, that leaves just 1-2 available for the taking.


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