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2015 St. Louis Rams Roster: Early 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart Projections

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Taking a stab at what the Rams might be putting together over the next few months heading into the 2015 season.

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Let's take a look at what we're dealing with roster-wise as we head toward OTAs in June (alphabetical order):

QB (4): Austin DavisNick FolesCase KeenumSean Mannion

That's a solid group, considering Austin Davis was your starting QB for half of a season last year and may end up being your fourth QB in three months time. Still, the turnover from the Sam Bradford era was always going to be high. Now you're dealing with a question of chemistry between Foles and his new teammates and the same question combined with a complete lack of NFL experience for Mannion.

RB (7): Malcolm Brown, Benny Cunningham, Terrence Franks, Todd GurleyTre MasonIsaiah Pead, Chase Reynolds, Trey Watts

That is many backs of running.

Sure, the assumption of a Gurley-Mason pairing at the top is probably a fair one. Beyond that, it's training camp gumbo, no? I'm just hoping Isaiah Pead remains involved.

TE/FB (8): Alex Bayer, Mason Brodine, Jared Cook, Justice CunninghamCory HarkeyLance Kendricks, Zach Laskey, Brad Smelley

Getting Kendricks back on a four-year deal seals up the key backup depth slot. I'm not sure we're going to get more out of Cook than we've gotten the last two years. That might leave opportunities for depth to step up like Harkey has the last two seasons.

WR (11): Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Emory Blake, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Bradley Marquez, Brian Quick, Bud Sasser, Tyler Slavin, Damian Williams, Devon Wylie

.................................................................AFROS need to get some #squadgoals in their lives.

OL (11): Tim Barnes, Travis Bond, Jamon Brown, Andrew DonnalRob Havenstein, Barrett Jones, Demetrius Rhaney, Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Brandon Washington, Cody Wichmann, Darrell Williams

It's a new group, that's for sure. That's five new names along the line depth for 2015. This is a preseason sort.

DL (12): Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Nick Fairley, William Hayes, Martin Ifedi, Chris Long, Matt Longacre, Robert Quinn, Eugene Sims, Louis Trinca-Pasat, Ethan Westbrooks, Doug Worthington

I mean, that just ain't right.

LB (8): Akeem Ayers, Daren Bates, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Bryce Hager, James Laurinaitis, Marshall McFadden, Alec Ogltree, Korey Toomer

Between JL55 & Jo-Lonn, this could be the oldest group on the roster when we get to week 1.

DB (15): Maurice Alexander, Mark Barron, Christian Bryant, Imoan Claiborne, Cody Davis, E.J. Gaines, Jacob Hagen, Jay Hughes, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner, T.J. McDonald, Brandon McGee, Rodney McLeod, Marcus Roberson

Largest of any group, the defensive backs have a lot to prove in 2015 with no excuses. Rotation is going to be the key between the cornerback and safety position.

ST (4): Johnny Hekker, Michael Palardy, Jake McQuaide, Greg Zuerlein

Rams still set at special teams. Zuerlein's going into his contract year, so another "no excuses" candidate here in Greg the Leg.

For reference, here was the official 53-man roster at the end of August 2014 at first cut:

POS Name
QB (2) Shaun Hill
Austin Davis
RB (5) Zac Stacy
Benny Cunningham
Tre Mason
Trey Watts
Chase Reynolds
TE/FB (5) Jared Cook
Lance Kendricks
Cory Harkey
Justice Cunningham
Alex Bayer
WR (5) Brian Quick
Kenny Britt
Tavon Austin
Austin Pettis
Chris Givens
OL (9) Jake Long
Rodger Saffold
Scott Wells
Greg Robinson
Joe Barksdale
Davin Joseph
Tim Barnes
Mike Person
Barrett Jones
DL (9) Chris Long
Robert Quinn
Michael Brockers
Kendall Langford
Alex Carrington
Aaron Donald
William Hayes
Eugene Sims
Ethan Westbrooks
LB (5) James Laurinaitis
Alec Ogletree
Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Ray Ray Armstrong
Darren Bates
DB (10) Janoris Jenkins
Trumaine Johnson
T.J. McDonald
Lamarcus Joyner
Rodney McLeod
E.J. Gaines
Maurice Alexander
Cody Davis
Brandon McGee
Marcus Roberson
ST (3) Johnny Hekker
Greg Zuerlein
Jake McQuaide

Here's my early projection for what we'll get just under four months from now:

POS Name
QB (3) Nick Foles
Sean Mannion
Austin Davis
RB (5) Todd Gurley
Tre Mason
Benny Cunningham
Isaiah Pead
Chase Reynolds
TE/FB (5) Jared Cook
Lance Kendricks
Cory Harkey
Justice Cunningham
Alex Bayer
WR (5) Brian Quick
Kenny Britt
Tavon Austin
Stedman Bailey
Chris Givens
OL (9) Greg Robinson
Rodger Saffold
Tim Barnes
Barrett Jones
Travis Bond
Rob Havenstein
Jamon Brown
Andrew Donnal
Cody Wichmann
DL (9) Chris Long
Robert Quinn
Michael Brockers
Nick Fairley
Aaron Donald
William Hayes
Eugene Sims
Louis Trinca-Pasat
Martin Ifedi
LB (5) James Laurinaitis
Alec Ogletree
Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Akeem Ayers
Darren Bates
DB (9) Janoris Jenkins
Trumaine Johnson
T.J. McDonald
Lamarcus Joyner
Rodney McLeod
E.J. Gaines
Mark Barron
Cody Davis
Marcus Roberson
ST (3) Johnny Hekker
Greg Zuerlein
Jake McQuaide

The biggest change is keeping three QBs and dropping a cornerback, in this case Brandon McGee. And yes, that's Isaiah Pead in the RB depth. Another thought I keep having is whether or not Gurley starts the season on the physically unable to perform list. That would keep him out of the first six games, but with his injury rehab and Fisher's pure, unadultered hate for playing rookies out of the gate, I wonder if he'd do the same for his first-round runninnope still can't type it. A quick Twitter poll suggests Rams fans are..well, divided. I do think we could be in for a surprise at OL who could beat out Donnal, Bond or Wichmann.

Defensively, I've got Trinca-Pasat and Ifedi edging out Westbrooks for the late depth, but that could spot could go to a couple different candidates. The secondary's going to be a unit to watch in camp and through the preseason as well. I mentioned I clipped the total depth by one spot on the roster, but would it even be McGee?

Of course all of this ignores any further free agent action, so there are wrinkles to come.