The St. Louis Rams wrap up their preseason play in two days. After that, more tough decisions as they look to cut down to a 53-man roster by the end of the day on Saturday, September 3. Expect a couple more moves today as the team winnows its way down to 80 men by the end of the day today.
A couple of programming notes. We're gearing up for our biggest season yet, and I'm really, really excited. It figures to be a big year for the Rams, and an even bigger one at TST. Already, we've had our biggest month in the history of the site, topping 1 million views this month with half a million visits coming later today. It's great being a part of a growing community of Rams fans. Coming soon, we've got an in-depth QnA with the writers from Football Outsiders, something they're doing with all interested SBNation sites. They predicted a tough season for the Rams, and I'm anxious to discuss it. We're rolling out roster reviews soon too. Our coverage will vastly expand this year, so let me know what kind of stuff you'd like to see.
Roster moves coming - The Rams made a painful decision Monday, releasing veteran linebacker Na'il Diggs. Spagnuolo spoke very highly of the OSU product, and called it the toughest move that he has ever made as a head coach. Three more moves need to happen by 3 p.m. today, but those could come by sticking some players on injured reserve. Jermelle Cudjo is a possibility along with Jerome Murphy and Dionte Dinkins. IR makes sense for Murphy because even if he could be back in before the end of the season, he would still be limited, looking to catch up to his teammates in mid-season form. DInkins has shown enough for a small school UDFA to try and keep him around for next year.
Kendricks finding his groove with Rams - A former wide receiver who converted to tight end, Lance Kendricks gets the profile treatment today. His work on the field so far speaks for itself. Something that has no doubt been a big help: his smarts. He earned a degree in sociology and is just two classes away from a second degree in economics.
Offensive Line Coming Together - No offseason, no problem for the Rams offensive line. The starting five have gelled well in the preseason, bouncing back from a rough night against Tennessee to win the battle in the trenches against the Chiefs. Something interesting to note are the changes McDaniels has made, including putting the responsibility for protection calls on QB Sam Bradford rather than C Jason Brown. Brown notes that the move simplifies his task, and makes me wonder if it won't help Brown ever so slightly.
More interior offensive line help on the way? - An interesting thought from Sando about a potential future move for the Rams. He wonders if adding another backup interior lineman could be an option for McDaniels. Right now, backups on the inside include converted tackles Adam Goldberg and Quinn Ojinnaka along with smaller centers Hank Fraley and Drew Miller, none of whom have ties to McDaniels or fit the bill as a big, powerful interior lineman.
WR Mike Sims-Walker starting to flourish - Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker has put in extra time with Sam Bradford in practice this month, since being signed as a free agent. In this profile piece, Steve Sapgnuolo raves about his grasp of the offense and his rapport with Bradford.
St. Louis Rams 2011 53-man roster predictions: Offense - My prediction for the final offensive roster, fraught with opportunity to quibble. This is as tough a year as any to predict because the Rams finally have the kind of talent to force tough decisions. Later today, I plan to roll out my prediction for the defense as we jump into roster reviews.