The Los Angeles Rams have participated in over a week of training camp. The team will have a break in the action on Thursday, making for a great time to look at another final roster prediction. While there is still a lot of camp left to go, players have started to stick out and will hope to carry that momentum through final cutdown.
Now, let’s take a look at my projected 53 man roster version 2.0. You can also look at the roster prediction that I did before the draft.
If the Rams keep a third quarterback, it would be Bryce Perkins. However, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, “reserve quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges has taken some of his drill reps ahead of fellow reserve quarterback Bryce Perkins.”
There has been some speculation that the Rams would like to use Perkins in a Taysom Hill-like role. However, if he’s not progressing like they expected, he may end up on the practice squad.
Running Back (3)
Previously I had the Los Angeles Rams keeping four running backs. However, in this prediction, I’ll cut down to three with the expectation that the team might sign a running back before Week 1. Henderson, Jones, and Funk are locks to make the roster.
Otis Anderson and Raymond Calais will look to make the roster behind them in a special teams role. However, with deep competition elsewhere, the Rams might go light at running back.
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. Prior to training camp, I thought Hopkins would need to stand out. He has yet to truly do so. As it stands, Hopkins looks to be behind Higbee, Mundt, and Harris. I’ll keep Hopkins for now.
Wide Receiver (6)
No changes here, but it would not be completely surprising to see the Los Angeles Rams try to keep seven wide receivers. If they do, keep an eye on Trishton Jackson. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, Jackson took advantage of TuTu Atwell’s absence due to COVID precautions. Rodrigue said Jackson has, “secured some good catches in drilling periods” and that coaches, “have to be impressed with both Jackson’s availability, and his ability so far.”
Offensive Line (9)
Offensive line is where things get very difficult for the Rams. They have a lot of depth here and players who could be good developmental prospects. In my previous prediction, I had promising undrafted free agent AJ Jackson making the final roster and Brian Allen getting cut. Allen could still get cut, but he has been taking second team reps. The Rams might go with his experience.
We’ll know more here as the Rams get into preseason games and have more padded practices against the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders. As it stands, this is the 9 that I go with.
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. In my previous version I had the Rams cutting Justin Hollins. the thought process was that Hollins was brought in by Brandon Staley and Staley is now with the Chargers.
Justin Hollins is having a good day in rush drills against first and second team OL. Got to the dot (stand-in for QB) on his second rep. McVay watching these pretty close.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 4, 2021
However, Hollins looks to have made an impression on the new defensive coaching staff. The 2020 addition had been taking first team reps opposite of Leonard Floyd. It looks as if he might be the team’s number two edge rusher.
The change that I’ll have is the Rams cutting Chris Garrett. He might be a guy that they look to put on the practice squad in year one. He dominated at the Division II level, but he’ll have a lot of developing to do.
In my previous prediction I had the Los Angeles Rams cutting Kenny Young. However, this seems like a solid five group of linebackers that the Rams try to go into Week 1 with. Christian Rozeboom could push for a spot, but the Rams might look to go with experienced depth here.
David Long seems to have solidified himself on the roster in the Troy Hill role. This is a team that is very thin at cornerback. Donte Deayon provides some young depth. The Rams need more 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.