Los Angeles Rams 90-Man Roster Preview: Cornerback Ramon Richards

by Jake Ellenbogen
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Ramon Richards walked onto the Los Angeles Rams roster last year and fell short. The Rams liked Richards enough, to offer him a spot on their practice squad. Richards spent all of last season on the practice squad which meant he was able to take part in the Super Bowl festivities. Richards had a lot of time to think about next season, and it’s here now. This is Richards shot to make the 53-man roster. It’s certainly not going to be an easy feat. He’s next in our roster preview series.

2018 Season

Last season for Ramon Richards was pretty much all about development. As mentioned previously, Richards did not make the 53-man roster but did get placed on the practice squad.

Roster Battle

Richards will likely have to prove to the Los Angeles Rams that they should keep six cornerbacks. The Los Angeles Rams have chosen their top five corners that they will bring into the 2019 season. Those are Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Nickell Robey-Coleman, draft pick David Long and recently-extended Troy Hill. After those names, it’s pretty much fair game for a spot that may or may not exist.

Richards will be facing off against Donte Deayon, Kevin Peterson, Dominique Hatfield, and Darious Williams. Deayon is intriguing because just like Richards, he is a smaller-bodied cornerback that can win as a slot cornerback. Peterson has multiple game experience in playing for the Rams during the regular season. Hatfield does as well, even though he’s struggled mightily in that role. Lastly, Williams is a former Raven that was cut, and the Rams claimed him.

Out of those guys, Richards would stand a chance but again, it’s all dependent on if the Rams keep six corners on the roster or not. Richards is an athletic and sticky coverage guy from Oklahoma State who could carve out a role if given the opportunity.

Three Plays On Tape

Taking it back to his college days. Ramon Richards does an excellent job jamming the receiver off the line of scrimmage and then reading the quarterbacks eyes like a book and jumping in front of the screen pass to take this one to the house.

Right here, Ramon Richards shows off more than just his instincts but look at the speed and how he undercuts the route on this play. He does a great job of not letting the receiver break free, and then Richards’ undercut works to perfection for the interception.

Biggest Question

Will Ramon Richards peak the Rams interest enough to keep six cornerbacks on the roster?

It’s an exciting point because no matter what Ramon Richards does, he won’t know if there is a job available until the Rams decide on that. Richards is a talented individual and will have an opportunity to make the roster if there is a sixth spot, but if there isn’t this depth chart has been figured out since Troy Hill signed his two-year extension.

2019 Outlook and Role

If Richards makes the roster, it will be in the event the Rams have answered the question and have decided to keep six cornerbacks on the roster. I think it certainly helps to know that Richards spent all of last year in this building, so he knows the ropes and knows the players and coaching staff.

If Richards does not make the roster, it will be about either the practice squad or finding another team to give an opportunity. Richards will likely be an option to return to the practice squad.

Chances of Making Final Roster

I think Ramon Richards has a decent chance, but still, it’s going to be a hard one. Richards will have to win the coaching staff over on defense and special teams. Richards won the Rams over enough to keep him on the practice squad all year long. Those are the players you want to monitor because the hand-picked list of players that were sent all the way through.

If I had to put a prediction together for this, I would likely go with the idea that Richards misses the roster but ends up on the practice squad. Richards didn’t blow me away last preseason; he didn’t blow me away on film or during the traffic.


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