The Los Angeles Rams begin their preseason on Saturday at SoFi stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers. The preseason is a time for players on the edge of the roster to show out when it counts during live snaps. While fans don’t get to see everything in training camp, the preseason is also a time for fans to get a full look at the roster. Here are five players who need to have a good training camp.
1. CB Kareem Orr
Kareem Orr has shown up over the last week. Orr signed with the Los Angeles Rams early in the summer to compete for a cornerback spot where the Rams are very thin. With favorites such as David Long, Dont’e Deayon, and Brontae Harris already competing for roster spots, it was thought that Orr would just be a camp body.
That has not been the case at all.
Kareem Orr just jumped onto Mars to break up a Hodges pass that was intended for a receiver well downfield (not Orr’s assignment). Holy cow. That even ended the two-minute for the second team. (2s on 2s)
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 10, 2021
Orr performed well in the Dallas Cowboys combined practice and has carried that momentum into the final week of camp. Heading into the preseason, he’ll be someone that fans and coaches keep an eye on.
As Stu Jackson described it on the Rams website:
The defensive back made an athletic play downfield near the left sideline when he leapt and used his outstretched arm to deflect a pass – this coming off of a pass-breakup and a near-interception in Saturday’s joint practice against the Cowboys.
There’s a good chance Orr steals one of the final roster spots or at least gets consideration for the practice squad.
2. EDGE Chris Garrett
There’s no doubt that Chris Garrett can play. In the practice against the Dallas Cowboys, Garrett had a pass breakup and looked to be in on a few pressures of the quarterback. However, outside of that, he’s been very quiet and has been getting some pointers from Leonard Floyd.
The issue is, while Garrett was a draft pick, he came from a Division II institution and the jump to the NFL was always going to be a challenge. If Garrett performs well against NFL competition throughout the preseason, he’ll show that he deserves a spot on the final roster. However, the more likely scenario is that the Los Angeles Rams try to put him on the practice squad after roster cuts. In order to make the final-53, Garrett needs a good preseason.
3. WR Trishton Jackson
Trishton Jackson could give the Rams a lot to think about once roster cuts take place. The Rams drafted TuTu Atwell and Ben Skowronek, seemingly pushing Jackson off of the roster. However, Jackson took advantage of Atwell being on the COVID/Reserved list and Ben Skowronek missing some time with a hamstring injury.
I’m thinking you will see a lot of Trishton Jackson this preseason. Also Brontae Harris having another good day so far. Broke up a pass that nearly was a pick, read it from the outside across into the middle.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 10, 2021
It seems highly unlikely that the Los Angeles Rams would keep seven wide receivers given the depth at the position and lack of depth at other places. However, Jackson could make that a very difficult decision for the Rams with a good preseason. The Rams would either have to keep seven wide receivers or cut someone like Skowronek and hope he makes it through waivers to place on the practice squad.
With players like Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and DeSean Jackson likely not playing in the preseason, Jackson will get his fair share of opportunities to show why he deserves a place on the roster.
4. C Coleman Shelton
The Los Angeles Rams typically don’t play their starters during the preseason. Therefore, both Austin Corbett and Brian Allen likely won’t see any time in the preseason. That will make Coleman Shelton the starting center. The Rams don’t have a lot of depth at the center position. Therefore, Shelton likely isn’t competing of a spot on the depth chart as much as with other centers around the league who could have a good preseason, but get cut from their respective rosters.
With a good preseason, Shelton can show two things. The first being that he deserves a place on the roster.
The second is that he can show that he’s someone who can be trusted to play center. Brian Allen has struggled with injuries over the last 18 months. If Allen gets hurt, the Rams would have to move Corbett over from guard to center and put Bobby Evans at guard.
Doing so would be a huge shuffle of the offensive line. If Shelton can show that he’s a capable backup of Allen, then he’d be first in line if an injury were to occur. This will be a big three games for Shelton.
5. CB David Long
It feels like a cop-out taking another defensive back. However, I do think Long needs to be included on this list. It’s obvious that the Rams don’t have a lot of faith in his ability at this point in the offseason. Just last week, they signed Tyler Hall who has experience with Morris to compete for the nickel role. That role is supposed to be split between Long and someone like Terrell Burgess.
The last time that Los Angeles Rams fans saw Long, he was getting bullied by Cee Dee Lamb. Lamb is a very talented wide receiver and would give Jalen Ramsey a challenge. However, it wasn’t a good look for Long who could be in line for first-team snaps this season. If Long struggled in the preseason, it would not be surprising to see the Rams move on.