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Rams Roster Cuts: Looking For Clues In Saturday's Preseason Game

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Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) carries the ball during the first quarter against the St Louis Rams  at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) carries the ball during the first quarter against the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The first round of roster cuts is coming. Teams are required to cut down from 90 to 75 players by Monday, though some teams have done so relatively quickly after their third preseason game. Saturday's preseason game was also a final audition for players on the margin, as well as players fighting to move up the depth chart.

Fisher and his staff rolled out many of the expected combinations, but there were a few players whose status looked a little different in Saturday's game.

Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson - By now it's obvious that the Rams have a heated position battle taking place for the spots behind Steven Jackson, and Richardson secured his spot.

Michael Hoomanawanui, Mike McNeil - McNeil was taking some snaps with the first team. Hoomanawanui was working with the second team. That would indicate a flip flop on the depth chart for the spot behind Kendricks. Except, Matthew Mulligan is pretty safe as a blocking specialist, so Hoomanawanui could be fighting with McNeil to keep his roster spot.

Trumaine Johnson - Johnson was in with the first team in the nickel package. Bradley Fletcher was in uniform, working with the second team. Fletcher has missed some time with injuries lately, and Johnson needed some time with the ones for a closer look. Neither player is going anywhere, but the final depth chart could lean heavily on the rookies.

Right Tackle - Jason Smith looks like the better player than Barry Richardson. Will his time with the starters increase?

Rocky McIntosh - The former Redskin got most of the work with the starting defense in place of Mario Haggan. There was a notable drop off, but that could have to do with the matter of playing time for him in recent weeks. Haggan has been the better SLB, but stay tuned if McIntosh gets more time there.

Matt Conrath - The UDFA from Virginia was working with the first team defense on passing situations, the really long downs. Unfortunately for the Rams, he did not play corner. William Hayes was finally in there as well.

Rodney McLeod - The safety could be the second UDFA from Virginia that makes the final cut. He got a lot of playing time, on special teams too. He even got in with the first team in place of Craig Dahl in the first half.

Garrett Lindholm - Lindholm was a camp kicker to begin with, and might be among the players released this week.

Mike Campbell, Greg Salas - I'll have to go back and look at the snaps, but it seemed like Campbell was getting more reps than Salas. Special teams will be a deciding factor here.

Austin Davis - The Southern Miss product might be the most exciting quarterback on the roster. Yes, he's working mop up against third stringers, but he has a real sense for the game around him. I enjoy watching him play. Really hoping the Rams keep a third quarterback.

Who else caught your eye?