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2015 Rams Roster Preview: WR Devon Wylie, A Journeyman Worth Keeping Tabs On

Now with his seventh team in just three years, can the former Fresno St. wideout and return specialist stick around?

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2013 was a year of travel for Devon Wylie.

After being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft, Wylie didn't earn a spot on their 2013 practice team.

Off to the Arizona Cardinals. And then the Tennessee Titans. And then the Pittsburgh Steelers. And then the Seattle Seahawks. And then the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2014, Wylie didn't it make it through camp with the Niners leaving him unemployed for the first half of the season. When the Rams parted with Austin Pettis in mid-October, Wylie found himself with his seventh team in just three seasons. Now heading into the 2015 season, Wylie's trying to scrape through August and make it to week one with St. Louis.

I'm guessing if he doesn't though, he knows how to make the most out of the opportunity.

Roster Battle

We've gone over WR before.

Top tier: Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens and Brian Quick.

Second tier: Emory Blake, Isiah Ferguson, Bradley Marquez, Daniel Rodriguez, Tyler Slavin, Damian Williams and Wylie.

The Rams went with five on the 53-man to start 2014, though Stedman Bailey was suspended at the time. If anything, it's a large crowd in the second tier fighting for a single spot or a surprise jump over Givens.


Low, though perhaps higher than your common rookie UDFA. Wylie's in year four of his NFL career and has snaps as a specialist in a return role. So by offering something beyond just WR and special teams general contributions, you could make the case that he has to step up in a bigger way than others to start training camp.

Chances of Making Final Roster (1/10)

I just don't see Wylie making it through with the Rams. At just 5'9", he won't get to the outside in the Rams' passing system. And in case you haven't noticed, the Rams have struggled to employ combinations to get production out of Tavon Austin, so expecting them to make Wylie a functional WR component...nah. His likely only shot comes on return capability with Austin, Benny Cunningham and Givens all in front of him.

Long shots need everything to fall just right.