The Los Angeles Rams played their first preseason game on Saturday. The team will drop down to 85 players on Tuesday before needing to get down to 53 before Week 1. While there is still a lot of time for guys to make players, we’re nearing the end of the offseason. It’s now or never for fringe roster guys to make a statement.
Now, let’s take a look at my projected 53 man roster prediction post Week 1 of the preseason.
Previous 53-man roster predictions
Bryce Perkins – Practice Squad
If the Rams keep a third quarterback, it would be Bryce Perkins. However, it’ve very difficult for teams to keep a third quarterback given the NFL roster limitations. The Rams will likely try to keep Perkins on the practice squad. If he continues to play well in the preseason, that may prove to be difficult as well.
Running Back (4)
I’ve gone back and forth on the Los Angeles Rams keeping three or four running backs. However, Calais provides a lot of value as a returner. Because of that, I think that he’ll make the roster. Previously I had the Los Angeles Rams keeping four. Jones and Funk have a lot to prove over the next few week. If they’re unable to get anything going, one could get cut and put on the practice squad as the Rams try to look elsewhere for an answer behind Henderson.
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. He was very quiet in the game against the Chargers and hasn’t shown much that makes him worth keeping on the roster.
Prior to training camp, I thought Hopkins would need to stand out. He has yet to truly do so. The Rams might be looking to make Hopkins a blocking tight end, but he could be on the outside looking in right now.
Wide Receiver (6)
Ben Skowronek – Injured Reserve
JJ Koski – Practice Squad
Jeremiah Haydel – Practice squad.
I do have a change at wide receiver in this edition. Trishton Jackson has earned a roster spot. It’s going to be very hard to keep him off of the roster. However, Ben Skowronek has fractured his forearm which makes things a little easier. The Rams can now roster Jackson and place Skowronek on injured reserve to stay there throughout his rookie season.
Offensive Line (9)
Jordan Meredith – Practice Squad
Alaric Jackson – Practice Squad
Chandler Brewer – Practice Squad
Offensive line is where things get very difficult for the Los Angeles Rams. They have a lot of depth here and players who could be good developmental prospects. The Rams have a solid nine, but it wouldn’t be totally surprising to see them try to keep ten.
Jordan Meredith had a good first preseason game and he gets a spot on the practice squad. The Rams also like Chandler Brewer who gets a spot on the practice squad. If the Rams keep ten, it will be one of those two guys, with it most likely being Brewer. Jackson is another good developmental prospect.
Defensive Line (6)
Bobby Brown III
Jonah Williams – Practice Squad
Michael Hoecht – Practice Squad
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. Jonah Williams had a good preseason game in Week 1 and could make a push for a roster spot as well.
Earnest Brown IV
Terrell Lewis – Injured Reserve
Chris Garrett – Practice Squad
Edge is another position where things get interesting. Justin Lawler has absolutely earned a spot on the roster and the top four guys are pretty much set in stone. However, in order to make room for Lawler, I believe the Rams will place Terrell Lewis on injured reserve.
The Los Angeles Rams likely won’t keep Lewis on injured reserve all season, but he is currently dealing with his knee injury. Until he’s at a spot where he can contribute, the Rams should keep him on injured reserve.
Chris Garrett showed some good moments in his preseason debut. As a DII prospect coming to the NFL, the Rams could use year one on the practice squad to develop Garrett.
Jake Gervase – Practice Squad
Christian Rozeboom – Practice Squad
No changes here from my previous edition. The top five seem set in stone. In the preseason opener, only Ernest Jones played. That likely means that the top-four are considered starters and the Rams don’t want to risk hurting their linebacker depth.
Jake Gervase has made the switch from safety to linebacker and showed some promise playing next to Ernest Jones while Rozeboom played in the second half. Both guys will be practice squad candidates as they continue to develop.
Kareem Orr – Practice Squad
Brontae Harris – Practice Squad
Tyler Hall – Practice Squad
David Long seems to have solidified himself on the Los Angeles Rams roster in the Troy Hill role. Long didn’t play at all in Week 1 which hints that he’s locked up a spot on the roster. Rochell was hurt last week, but should see time in preseason games moving forward. Four doesn’t seem like a lot of cornerbacks, but Terrell Burgess is someone who can double dip at safety and cornerback.
Orr has played well over the last few weeks and Brontae Harris had a big role in the opener against the Chargers. Both players will be priorities for the practice squad.
Dont’e Deayon might seem like a surprise omission. However, Deayon didn’t play against the Chargers while players like Orr, Harris, Hall, and even new signing Donovan Olumba did. While the Rams don’t play their starters and quality depth in the preseason, I don’t think Deayon fits in either category.
Troy Warner – Practice Squad
JR Reed – Practice Squad
The top four in this group are pretty much locks. Scott sprained his knee which does complicate things. The Rams likely won’t place him on IR. However, they could look to keep an extra safety until Scott is back and healthy. That player could be JuJu Hughes.
JR Reed had a very good game against the Chargers and will get practice squad consideration for a second consecutive year. Troy Warner also could be a practice squad candidate.
Special Teams (3)
There is some competition at long-snapper, but Matthew Orzech might have solidified a spot there. The one position to really watch is punter. Corey Bojorquez was a quality punter last season. While Johnny Hekker is still serviceable, he’s making the highest punter salary this season. The Rams could make a business decision and make Hekker a very surprising cut.