With the Los Angeles Rams rookies already in the building and vets joining them on Tuesday training camp is right around the corner. 91 players will enter camp and play in the three preseason games, but only 53 will make the final roster, with an additional 16 on the practice squad.
Now, let’s take a look at my projected 53 man roster pre-training camp. You can also look at the roster prediction that I did after the draft.
It might be surprising to see the Rams keeping just three quarterbacks. but the Rams simply don’t have the roster space to keep three.
Running Back (4)
There is a minor change here after the Cam Akers injury. I do think that the Los Angeles Rams will either sign a free agent running back post-roster cuts. However, if they don’t I’m going to prediction that Otis Anderson beats out Raymond Calais for a roster spot. He adds ability in the return game and more as a running back.
Xavier Jones could provide a change of pace and bring some good depth behind Henderson. Both players are similar style runners. Meanwhile, Funk adds special teams value.
Tight End (4)
There’s no change here from my post-draft edition of the 53-man roster prediction. However, one player to keep an eye on is Brycen Hopkins. It would not be surprising to see him get cut and the Rams roll with three tight ends or keep Kendall Blanton. Hopkins needs to have a good training camp.
Wide Receiver (6)
Again, no real changes here. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Los Angeles Rams keep seven wide receivers, but six seems like a good number. The Rams could also keep a player or two on the practice squad. The battle for the last wide receiver spot will be one to keep an eye on this offseason.
Offensive Line (9)
Offensive line is where things get interesting because the Rams actually have a lot of depth here. My lone changes are giving the final spot to Alaric “AJ” Jackson and cutting Brian Allen while giving the center position to Coleman Shelton. Allen has dealt with injuries over the past two years and didn’t play well in 2019. Don’t be surprised if the Rams add a player cut by another team to bring in depth at center.
Defensive Line (6)
Bobby Brown III
The defensive line looks very good for the Los Angeles Rams. The sixth spot will be a battle between guys like Eric Banks and Marquise Copeland, but the top three are pretty much set in stone with Bobby Brown rotating in as a rookie. In this edition, I’ll have Eric Banks beating out Copeland for the final spot.
Earnest Brown IV
Edge is another spot that the Rams are very thin at. Leonard Floyd provides stability on one side, but Lewis, Okoronkwo, and others will rotate opposite of him. Brown IV will play in Morgan Fox’s old role. My surprise cut here is going to be Justin Hollins. Hollins was brought in as a Brandon Staley guy and Staley is no longer around. Hollins was cut last year by the Broncos. Chris Garrett has all of the physical tools. The Rams could cut him and try to get him on the practice squad.
Another surprising cut might be that of Kenny Young. It might also be surprising that I have the Los Angeles Rams keeping just four linebackers. Young hasn’t provided a lot and with the addition of Jones, he moves down to the fourth guy on the depth chart. Kiser and Reeder should be the top two guys to start the year with Jones working his way in.
While David Long might get cut, it’s going to be very hard for the Rams to do so. This is a team that is very thin at cornerback. Donte Deayon is a new addition to my roster. The Rams need depth at cornerback. Don’t be surprised if they sign someone after roster cuts.
The top four in this group are pretty much set in stone. However, Paris Ford will be battling it out with guys like Jovan Grant and Troy Warner. That will be one battle to keep an eye on throughout camp.
Special Teams (3)
There should be a lot less of a competition this year at kicker. The one competition that will draw everyone’s attention is the one at long snapper. I’m going to flip a coin and say Steve Wirtel gets the gig.