The Los Angeles made four transactions to help bring their active roster down to 86 and six away from meeting the new NFL active roster requirements of 80 players. In doing this, the Rams waived wide receiver Greg Dortch, center Nate Trewyn, tight end Ethan Wolf and safety Jake Gervase. Some of these moves come as a bit of a shock but mainly safety Jake Gervase who played a little bit on the active roster last season and Greg Dortch who was in line to be a favorite to win the return man job.
#LARams transactions: We’ve waived S Jake Gervase, TE Ethan Wolf, WR Greg Dortch + C Nate Trewyn
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) July 25, 2020
The NFL in addition to the 80-man roster announced that the normal 10-man practice squad would be stretched this season to a total of 16 players. Due to these moves and the average age of these four guys, it could be that the Rams want to slide these four onto the practice squad and get ahead of the game early on. Just because these four have been waived doesn’t mean they aren’t wanted by the Rams but it very well could be the Rams way of trying to sneak these four by without anyone claiming them.
WR Greg Dortch: He’s 22-years old and he’s a short and shifty player that can work in the slot as a wide receiver or as a return man as he showed during his days with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Rams current backup QB John Wolford has experience playing with him back in college.
TE Ethan Wolf: Stands at 6-foot-6 and 251 pounds out of Tennessee, he’s 24-years old and signed a future’s contract at the end of the 2019 season.
C Nate Trewyn: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alumni that has adequate size for the position. He spent a portion of 2019 on the Rams practice squad before being signed to a future’s contract.
S Jake Gervase: Iowa Hawkeye alumni that signed with the Rams as a UDFA last season, was cut in August and worked his way onto the practice squad and then the eventual active roster. He has good size for the safety position and athleticism.
Expect at least half of these four will be on the Rams practice squad heading into 2019. Although let’s not forget how unfortunate this season, this unprecedented season is for these younger players that have had fewer opportunities to make a name for themselves or even develop.