Rams Roster Cuts Include QB Kellen Clemens

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 25: Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams throws against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Rams have a 53-man roster as of Friday night. It probably is not the same 53-man roster they will have on Tuesday morning. The tell? The Rams released backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. That means undrafted free agent Austin Davis is the only other quarterback on the roster, for now.

If you remember, the Rams sought the services of a few other veteran backup quarterbacks this spring. They kicked the tired on Shaun Hill, Jason Campbell and Brady Quinn. All three of those guys signed deals with other teams, and then the Rams came back to Clemens.

It made sense. Clemens spent some time working with Brian Scottenheimer on the Jets. He knew the offense. And now, it's down to Sam Bradford and Austin Davis.

I really like what we saw from Davis, but I wonder if that will be enough to keep him as a backup quarterback. He is an undrafted rookie out of Southern Mississippi. The transition to the NFL is not easy, and Sam Bradford is coming off a balky ankle injury that may or may not need more time to heal after the season.

Some of the other quarterbacks released today include Brian Hoyer (whom Schottey would kind of know from their time in the AFC East together), Mike Kafka and Seneca Wallace. Would any of those players be targets or is there another name we haven't considered available for trade?

The other players let go on Friday include:

  • DT Cornell Banks
  • C Tim Barnes
  • QB Tom Brandstater
  • DE Mason Brodine
  • LB Aaron Brown
  • LB Sammy Brown
  • CB Kendric Burney
  • DE Vernon Gholston
  • FB Ben Guidugli
  • TE Cory Harkey
  • OL T. Bob Hebert
  • DE Jamaar Jarrett
  • WR Nick Johnson
  • OT Joe Long
  • G Bryan Mattison
  • FB Ovie Mughelli
  • TE Deangelo Peterson
  • RB Chase Reynolds
  • DE Scott Smith
  • OL Jose Valdez.

The only other surprise on that list is Aaron Brown, and I suspect they'll try to sneak him onto the practice squad.

St. Louis is second on the waiver wire priority list, which means they only have to wait on the Colts for their choice of rookies and non-vested veterans.


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