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Rams Roster Moves Add Some Clarity To The Receiver Picture

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July 30, 2012; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Mason Brodine (95) during training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
July 30, 2012; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Mason Brodine (95) during training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams made a minor roster move on Tuesday. Defensive end Mason Brodine joined the team, after being released by the Oakland Raiders amid the first wave of required roster cuts. Wide receiver Mike Campbell was released in order to make room. Adding another defense lineman is probably less notable than the impact the twin moves could have on the team's depth chart at wide receiver.

Brodine is another super tall defensive lineman, measuring 6-foot-7 and weighing 270 pounds. He and Matt Conrath are the tallest defensive linemen on the team, as well as Scott Smith. All three stand 6-foot-7. Kendall Langford and Eugene Sims are 6-foot-6. Defensive line coach Mike Waufle clearly learned a thing or two about tall defensive linemen from Giants GM Jerry Reese, where Waufle used to coach.

With Sims out and Trevor Laws now on injured reserve, the Rams need some fresh legs on the defensive line for this week's game against the Ravens.

Oakland signed Brodine last year as an undrafted free agent, stashing him on the practice squad until a December call-up.

With Campbell dispatched and Danario Alexander gone, the Rams have eight receivers on the roster now. They will keep either six or seven players at that position. Here is the list of players vying for one of those spots:

Danny Amendola - A lock.

Brian Quick - Another lock, the Rams have big expectations for their second-round pick.

Chris Givens - See above, replace with fourth-round pick.

Brandon Gibson - He and Steve Smith could be competing for the same job.

Steve Smith - He looks healthier, and Fisher is going to make sure he has the chance to work with Bradford this week.

Austin Pettis - Seems to be in a pretty good spot. A two-game suspension to start the season means he probably sticks around through Week 3 at least.

Greg Salas - Showed some potential last season, but has since been moved to the bottom of the rotation.

Nick Johnson - He and Salas are fighting for a seventh spot. Special teams may be the deciding factor.