With a young roster full of inexperienced players, figuring out who stays and who goes when he goes down to 53 will be a difficult task. los angeles rams Head coach Sean McVay.
McVay said, “There’s nothing that I can say that’s set in stone.” “As soon as some of these things start to materialize, you start to have an idea, but there’s still a lot of competition and a lot of evaluation to be able to get to those final cuts.”
have two days of joint drills with the rams denver broncos and their final preseason game at the Mile High City before making final roster cuts the following Tuesday. That time gives McVay some more opportunities to make some final decisions on a 90-man roster that includes roughly 40 first-year players.
That said, here’s our attempt to find out which players McVay will select for his team’s 53-man roster as the Rams prepare to begin the regular season on the road. Seattle Seahawks On 10 September.
The Rams could certainly go with two quarterbacks and try to get Rypien on the practice squad. But given that Stafford’s 2022 season is cut short by a spinal injury, as well as a new rule requiring teams to carry an emergency third quarterback on game days, the most important position in the game could be filled with another veteran. Keeping it safe by hand makes more sense. ,
Recent Training Camp Acquisitions royce freeman Here may be an idea. Or maybe the Rams claim another runner during final roster cuts. Akers and Williams are likely to be used more in a runner-by-committee approach. Williams has looked decisive when running the football in practice and has solid hands to catch the ball out of the backfield.
veteran receiver Tyler Johnson and 2nd Year Pro Lance McCutchen There are possibilities here. According to Next Gen Stats, the Rams used three-receiver sets 90.7% of the time in 2022, so having seven receivers could make sense. Skoronek, who developed into a pass-catcher, provides versatility due to his ability to play fullback.
Higbee, 30, is looking healthy and is having his best camp. Hopkins received praise from McVay for his improvement. hunter longreceived by the Rams as part of a trade with Miami jalen ramseyWas injured during training camp and could start the regular season on the physically unable to perform list.
Due to the injury problems of this group last season, the Rams may choose to keep someone who AJ Springs on the active roster. McVay has yet to settle on a starting five during training camp due to injuries to players such as Noteboom, Havenstein and Bruce. While it would be ideal for the Rams to build chemistry with those same five guys during camp, expectations are low for L.A., making it more important to let things play out in the regular season if there is a need to find the right combination up front. ,
Apart from Donald, this group is inexperienced. It will be up to defensive line coach Eric Henderson to find the right combination of players to pair with Donald on game days. seventh round pick Desjuan Johnson There is also an idea here. He has shone during training camp.
It will be interesting to see where the persistent pass rush from the edge originates. Hocht showed some potential last season, but does he have the potential to develop into a double-digit sack player? Young showed good speed off the edge in training camp. Jones is the most talented player in this position group and will need to take a more leadership role on game days.
Defensive Back (10)
kobi durant (CB)
Robert Rochelle (CB)
kendrick called (CB)
ahkelo witherspoon (CB)
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (CB)
Jordan Fuller (S)
juice yeast (S)
John Johnson III (S)
Quentin Lake (S)
sean jolly (S)
Like the linebacker group, there are a lot of question marks in the secondary as well. Bringing back Johnson with his experience makes sense. Hodges-Tomlinson, a sixth-round pick, played a lot during training camp and in preseason games. seventh rounder Jason Taylor II There is a possibility of making an active roster.
All three of these players are rookies, so the Rams are expected to pay close attention to other teams’ final roster cuts in order to upgrade to this position group.
Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. follow him on twitter @eric_d_williams,
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