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Why The Rams Signed Vernon Gholston

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The St. Louis Rams signed Vernon Gholston to fill out the bottom of the depth chart. Could he stick around?
The St. Louis Rams signed Vernon Gholston to fill out the bottom of the depth chart. Could he stick around?

The St. Louis Rams signed Vernon Gholston on Wednesday afternoon, reawakening the specter of disappointing draft picks. You either reacted with a "WTF?" or a mild surprise that he was still playing football after producing nothing with the New York Jets.

Only four defensive ends suited up at Wednesday's practice, leaving the Rams short-handed at the position with a game in Dallas on Saturday. They need help. Head coach Jeff Fisher has been adamant about not playing his starters beyond a predetermined point in the game.

Gholston passed a physical - something the Andre Carter may not have done - and could round out the depth chart to get the Rams through the preseason. They're also giving him a third chance at a nominal cost. If he proves to carve out a role for himself, even better for the Rams. No players were cut to bring Gholston in, as the team had a free roster spot after trading Josh Gordy. This is about as low-risk of a move as it gets.

Teams have to cut their rosters from 90 to 75 players on Aug. 27. The final cut to 53 players comes Aug. 31.