May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams center Tim Barnes (61) walks off the field during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
You can tell plenty about what a team's thinking from their spring roster count. ESPN's NFC West blogger Mike Sando broke down the division's 90-man roster by position on Monday. And what did the tally reveal about the St. Louis Rams?
The Rams have more offensive linemen, 17, than they do any other position, and it's more than any other team in the division. Reasons for that should be fairly obvious. There are starters penciled in at four of five spots, but the team is trying desperately to find viable backups. With questions about both tackles, those backups could be particularly important.
Quickly ask your self what two positions, beyond the OL, are the biggest areas of need for the Rams. You probably said outside linebacker and wide receiver. The Rams have fewer players on the roster at those positions than any of their division rivals.
Only nine linebackers are currently on the roster, and only one of three linebacker spots has a sure thing at starter. At receiver, the Rams have just 10 players, which tells you just how much they are banking on Brian Quick, Chris Givens and Danny Amendola this season.
Those numbers will change as training camp unfolds in August. Teams must cut down to 75 players after the third week of the preseason, and down to 53-man rosters the week before the regular season begins. At that point, the Rams may take a flyer on players getting cut to help fill weaknesses exposed in a month of camp and preseason work.