Rams Camp: Players From Every Team Who Could Help the Los Angeles Rams if They Get Cut

by Blaine Grisak
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Every year tough decisions are made when it comes to roster cuts. The Los Angeles Rams will have some this year as well as 31 other teams.  However, what that means is that there will be plenty of talent up for grabs once cuts are made.

Here are players from every team that could help the Rams if they get cut from their respective organizations. It’s worth noting that these roster cuts come from other websites and predictions from writers who cover the respective teams. There is no guarantee that these players do get cut.

Arizona Cardinals – TE Caleb Wilson

Revenge of the Birds released their pre-training camp 53-man roster and left off Mr. Irrelevanta aka Caleb Wilson. The tight end out of UCLA was taken last in the NFL draft is a good route-runner and knows the game.

Tyler Higbee enters the final season of his contract and Wilson is very similar to Higbee when he came out of college. Wilson could develop into an excellent No. 2 tight end. The blocking isn’t there yet, but his receiving ability is there. The Los Angeles Rams brought in three undrafted tight ends into camp if none of them work out and Wilson is cut, the Rams could give him a chance. Wilson’s 2017 tape was much better than his 2018; if the Rams can develop him, he could take over for Higbee.

Atlanta Falcons – iOL Sean Harlow

In ESPN’s 53-man roster projection, Sean Harlow was cut. Harlow was a former fourth-round pick who has spent time on both the Colts and Falcons practice squad. Harlow is a guard but has been cross-training at center. This may not be the top-option, but if the current depth doesn’t pan out, Harlow may be a player to at least bring in for a workout.

Baltimore Ravens – DB Terrell Bonds

The Ravens are loaded at cornerback, meaning whatever cuts they make at that position should be at least looked at as they may start for many other teams. The Rams have their top-5 in place, but if they decide to keep a sixth, this is where they should look. 

The Baltimore Sun made a 53-man roster prediction and left off cornerback Terrell Bonds. Bonds spent time in the AAF last season. He’s reportedly impressed in mini-camp and has continued that into training camp. Unfortunately, there may not be enough room for him on the roster.

Buffalo Bills –  QB Tyree Jackson

In Buffalo Rumblings latest 53 man roster projection, they have quarterback Tyree Jackson getting cut. Jackson is a quarterback that is raw but has all of the tools to be successful if a coach is willing to put in the time. The Buffalo quarterback can be best described as a Josh Allen-lite.

After this season the Los Angeles Rams don’t have a backup quarterback. It’s probable that Blake Bortles will look to compete for a starting job elsewhere, and Brandon Allen doesn’t bring a lot to the table. Jackson is a player that can be signed to and developed on the practice squad this season and then compete for the backup role next year.

Carolina  Panthers – RB Jordan Scarlett

Cat Crave released their 53-man roster prediction for the Panthers and left off Florida running back Jordan Scarlett. Scarlett doesn’t have the play-making ability and isn’t as refined as Gurley, but he is an explosive, decisive back with good vision and receiving ability.

If the Los Angeles Rams are looking for a running back that has a very similar running style to Todd Gurley, Scarlett will be worth a look. However, you could also include Elijah Holyfield here if the Panthers cut him instead of Scarlett. There are two things to keep in mind here. 1) The Rams play the Panthers Week 1 and therefore signing a player like Scarlett could be beneficial. 2) Behind Gurley, Henderson, and Brown, the Rams have a lot of unproven talent. If Kelly, Davis, and Colburn disappoint in the preseason, it could be worth picking up someone like Scarlett to play that No. 3 running back role when Brown’s contract expires after the season.

Chicago Bears – TE Dax Raymond

The Los Angeles Rams brought in three undrafted tight ends. In ESPN’s 53-man roster prediction, tight end Dax Raymond failed to make the roster.

While Keenan Brown and Romello Brooker are both high potential guys, bringing in a player like Raymond if both underperform could be worth it. Raymond can play all over the field as a tight end or in the h-back role. He’s tough after the catch and brings unmatched speed at the position.

Cincinnati Bengals – S  Trayvon Henderson

Henderson had an outstanding preseason last year but tore his ACL. He missed the cut in Cincy Jungle’s 53-man roster projection. Henderson was an undrafted free agent. Henderson ranked seventh according to Pro Football Focus in the preseason as a pass rusher coming on the blitz and recorded an interception.

The Los Angeles Rams drafted Nick Scott and signed undrafted free agent Jake Gervase out of Iowa. Doing that shows that the Rams are looking for depth at the position. Henderson has shown upside but will need to prove he can still play coming off of the ACL. It’s also worth noting that the Rams showed substantial interest in Henderson last year as they met with him at the Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, and his Pro Day.

Cleveland Browns – CB Tavierre Thomas

Dawgs by Nature has the Browns cutting Tavierre Thomas on their 53-man roster projection. Thomas originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals before being waived before Week 1. The defensive  back hasn’t played a lot of defense, but he was excellent on special teams, specifically on punt coverage.

Thomas has blazing straight-line speed and was a playmaker in college with a reputation as a hitter. He could also play safety. The Los Angeles Rams have their top-5 cornerbacks set in stone with Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Nickell Robey-Coleman, David Long, and Troy Hill. However, Thomas adds a lot of value on special teams and could take the roster spot of someone like Nick Scott, the team’s seventh-round pick.

Dallas Cowboys – EDGE Taco Charlton

Talented players who have underperformed are going to get cut. Sometimes they just need a change of scenery. In Blogging the Boys’ 53-man roster projection, that could happen as they have the former first-round pick,  Taco Charlton, missing the roster. Charlton has four sacks in two years.

The former Michigan Wolverine entered the 2016 NFL draft garnering comparisons to Chandler Jones and Carlos Dunlap. He’s played his entire career with his hand in the dirt but could play as a 3-4 pass rusher. The Los Angeles  Rams will get a good look at Charlton when the Cowboys and Rams have their joint practice. The Rams need help off of the edge, and it would be hard not to take a chance on a talent like Charlton.

Denver Broncos – QB Brett Rypien

For the same reasons, the Rams should look at Tyree Jackson, the same goes for Brett Rypien. The Denver Post released their 53-man roster prediction and left Rypien off of the roster behind Flacco and Lock.

The Los Angeles Rams don’t have a backup quarterback option after this season. Signing Rypien outright or to the practice squad makes a lot of sense. He started 53-games at Boise State and was in that third tier of quarterbacks in this draft class.

Detroit Lions – CB Teez Tabor

Pride of Detroit released a 53-man roster prediction for the Lions and left off former second-round pick Teez  Tabor. Tabor was a former second-round pick out of Florida and at this point doesn’t project to be a starter. The Los Angeles Rams do have a  solid top-5, but this could be someone to sign as future depth.

Tabor has been an inconsistent player throughout his career, but with the impending expiring contract of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, it might be worth taking a limited risk on a player like Tabor.

Green Bay Packers – S Mike Tyson

Acme Packing Company released their 53-man roster prediction and safety Mike Tyson was among the cuts. Tyson started his career with the Seattle Seahawks and spent last year on injured reserve with the Texans. He’s a box safety that likes to play near the line of scrimmage. He’s a great tackler, but inconsistent in coverage.

The Los Angeles Rams do need depth at the safety position, but with Nick Scott on the roster, it would seem unlikely that they go after Tyson. However, having someone with Tyson’s tackling ability can’t hurt.

Houston Texans – OL Senio Kelemente

Long-time Texans writer John McClain projected the Texans 53-man roster and left off veteran guard  Senio Kelemente. Kelemente is the oldest player in this group at 30-years old, but the Rams don’t have experience on the interior offensive line after the departures of John Sullivan and Rodger Saffold.

Kelemente wouldn’t start, but would at least give the Los Angeles Rams experienced depth at a position where there are question marks. He started 14 games at left guard last season for the Texans and has experience at tackle.

Indianapolis Colts – WR Penny Hart

Stampede Blue released their roster prediction for the Indianapolis Colts and had Penny Hart among the cuts. Hart is an offensive weapon that has unmatched speed at the position. He showed out at the Senior Bowl but went undrafted.

Adding a player like Hart to an arsenal of Sean McVay would be a match made in heaven. Hart is a small receiver that adds value in the return game. If the Rams move on from JoJo Natson, Hart would be worth a look.

Jacksonville Jaguars – DL Dawane Smoot

In The Athletic’s roster projection for the Jaguars, former third-round pick Dawane Smoot was left off the roster. Last season the Rams took advantage of one defensive player that the Jaguars couldn’t take advantage of and it could be time for another.

The Los  Angeles Rams don’t have a lot of depth on the defensive line as they once did. There are the top-2 of Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, but after that, you have rotational players such as John Franklin-Myers, Greg Gaines, Sebastian Joseph-Day, and Morgan Fox. Adding a talented player like Smoot would be beneficial to that group. While he doesn’t have the production, he took a step forward at the end of last season. The Rams could take a look if he is cut.

Kansas City Chiefs – CB Tremon Smith

In what comes as a mild surprise,  Arrowhead Pride left Tremon Smith off of their 53-man roster. Smith is a player that can play both on the outside and the slot, but it’s his ability as a kick returner that I would have the Rams give him consideration.

The Los Angeles Rams have been looking for that punt and kick returner. Last season, Smith ranked fourth in the NFL,  averaging 26.8 yards per return.

Los Angeles Chargers – LB Nick Dzubnar

Bolt Beat gave their 53-man roster prediction last week and had the team cutting linebacker Nick Dzubnar. Dzubnar has been primarily a special teams player with the Chargers but would add to the Rams’ depth.

Without Barron, the Rams have a lot of inexperience at inside linebacker, and while Dzubnar doesn’t have starting experience, he does add a lot on special teams.

Miami  Dolphins – DT Jamiyus Pittman

The Phinsider released their 53-man roster prediction for the Dolphins and cut second-year player Jamiyus Pittman. The Dolphins may have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean those good players won’t be cut.

Pittman spent most of last season on the Dolphins practice squad before being promoted at the end of the season. He’d be a solid depth piece on the Rams offensive line.

Minnesota Vikings – DT Shamar Stephen

Arif Hasan of The Athletic made a surprising move and left off Shamar Stephen on his 53-man roster prediction. Stephen started 15 games last season and could step in as a talented, run-stopping 3-tech. He’s not much of a pass-rusher, but the Rams struggled against the run last season and Stephen would immediately help that.

The Rams drafted Greg Gaines and have Sebastian Joseph-Day as well, but if a player like Stephen hits the market, that’s a player that is worth at least exploring.

New England Patriots – NT Danny Shelton

Pat’s Pulpit released their 53-man roster projection for the New England Patriots and left off Danny Shelton. Shelton has had a rollercoaster of a career since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

The Rams drafted Greg Gaines and have Joseph-Day, but adding a player like Shelton would give them veteran experience for a  year while Gaines develops.

New Orleans Saints – CB PJ Williams

Canal Street Chronicles listed five players who could get cut and contribute on another team, and  PJ Williams was included on that list.

Outside of Nickell Robey-Coleman, the only other player who can come down and play in the slot in Marqui Christian. PJ Williams has been fantastic as a depth player for the Saints, specifically in the slot and is a great tackler.

New York Giants – LB Josiah Tauaefa

In the Athletic’s 53-man roster projection for the New York Giants, Josiah Tauaefa comes up short on the roster. The Rams are very thin at inside linebacker and could use a player like Tauaefa who’s an effective tackler and one of the hardest workers and competitive, tough guys out there. This is a player that will have the most intense effort level on the field.

The Rams don’t have a lot of experience or depth at inside linebacker, and Tauaefa checks one of those boxes, but not both. However, if some of the depth players that the Rams brought in underperform, Tauaefa could be someone to look at.

New York Jets – NT Folorunso Fatukasi

ESPN gave their 53-man roster projection and left of former sixth-round pick Fatukasi. He’s a  raw player with a  lot of talent if he can be coached. He’s not a scheme fit with Gregg Williams and would fit in Wade Phillips’ 3-4.

This is another situation of just adding to the depth of the defensive line. Fatukasi wouldn’t start, but he’d be a good rotation piece.

Oakland Raiders – WR Keelan Doss

Keelan Doss played college ball in the FCS, but he was a fantastic player and dominated at that level. He signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent and ESPN has the team cutting him in their latest roster prediction. Doss is a player with high football IQ and is a possession receiver. He’s not going to break away with his speed, but his route-running and ability to use his size is what separates him.

The  Rams have their top-4 in place, but Doss could certainly come in and take Hodge’s spot or even Natson’s. Players like Paul McRoberts have spent time on the Rams’ practice squad in the past and Doss could do the same.

Philadelphia Eagles – DB Tre Sullivan

The Athletic’s Bo Wulf and Zach Berman projected their  53-man rosters for the Philadelphia Eagles and Berman had the team cutting Tre Sullivan. Sullivan is a versatile defensive back that adds value as a cornerback and safety.

Sullivan comes out of a DII school, but he’s one of the more physical players out there that isn’t afraid of contact. It’s hard to see the Rams keeping six cornerbacks, but Sullivan has upside as a fourth cornerback or depth safety.

Pittsburgh Steelers – OL Zach Banner

Behind the Steel Curtain released their 53-man roster prediction and has the team cutting Zach Banner. Banner went to USC and was a fourth-round pick by the Colts. He’s a massive player that excels in run-blocking. He could move to guard as well continue playing tackle.

The Rams need depth on the offensive line. Banner would give them someone with experience that hasn’t quite found his footing elsewhere.

San Francisco 49ers – CB Adrian Colbert

Niner Noise put out their  53-man roster prediction and left off cornerback Adrian Colbert. Colbert is a former seventh-round pick but has 12 starts between cornerback and safety.

Again, this is a depth move, and  Colbert brings versatility. The Rams also have familiarity with him given his playing time in the division. Like Sullivan, this isn’t a player that shies away from contact.

Seattle Seahawks – iOL Ethan Pocic

Coming out of LSU, Ethan Posic was one of the most sought after interior offensive lineman. However, after a tough run in Seattle,  Field Gulls has the team cutting him in their 53-man roster projection. Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery, and the Seahawks haven’t had the best history developing offensive linemen.

The Rams don’t have a lot of experience and depth on the offensive line. Pocic brings both. He’s had his flaws, but if a coach like Aaron Kromer can get Pocic’s potential to come out, this could be a steal.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR DeMarkus Lodge

The Athletic released their 53-man roster projection for the Buccaneers and had DeMarkus Lodge just missing the cut. The Buccaneers have one of the most in-depth wide receiver groups in the NFL. The Rams have players that they like but could be open to adding a sixth guy.

Ole Miss had one of the best wide receiver corps in college football last season, led by DK Metcalf and A.J. Brown. Lodge has the size and intriguing potential. Of the players on the Rams roster fighting for that fifth and sixth spot, Lodge might be the best player outside of KhaDarel Hodge.

Tennessee Titans – iOL Hroniss  Grasu

Grasu was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and is now on his fourth team. And he could be onto his fifth as ESPN has Grasu getting cut in their 53-man roster prediction. Grasu had an average rookie season, and then after being placed on injured reserve in 2016, he hasn’t been the same.

Still, Grasu is an experienced player that can play on the interior of the offensive line. However, he would be nothing more than a depth piece as he hasn’t shown consistently that he can play well.

Washington Redskins – EDGE Cassanova McKinzy

In The Athletic’s 53-man roster projection for the Washington Redskins, edge player Cassanova McKinzy get cut. McKinzy is a player that the Rams are familiar with as he spent time on their practice squad in 2017 before joining the Redskins.

McKinzy is coming off of a pectoral injury and has yet to record a sack in the NFL. However, at 26, he’s beginning to develop into at least a role player. He’s had a good camp and is an explosive player off of the edge. The Rams don’t have a lot of depth at edge rusher and could look for any help they can get from a player they have familiarity with.




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