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2016 Rams Roster Preview: OT Isaiah Battle Needs to Show More

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Battle had his fair share of miscues in 2015, but there is an opportunity for him to recover in 2016.

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Isaiah Battle is an enigma at this point in his career. After being selected in the 5th round of the 2015 supplementary draft, he was cut before becoming the highest paid practice squad player in the NFL. After being promoted to the active roster and being "a snap away from playing", he subsequently missed the team bus and was not active the following weekend.

That’s a helluva rookie season - and not in a good way.

Roster Battle

The Rams starting OL is largely set heading into camp. From left to right, you’ll have Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Tim Barnes, Jamon Brown, and Rob Havenstein. Backup Garrett Reynolds has a firm grip on a roster spot as well after a solid year in 2015.

If the Rams carry 10 OL again, there are probably only two players vulnerable to losing the spots: Demetrius Rhaney and Darrell Williams (roster preview). If Battle wants to make the roster, he’ll have to outplay Rhaney and/or Williams in camp.

However, the Rams OL depth chart has a lot of moving pieces and is very fluid. If Battle wants to improve his standing on the OL - specifically at OT - his primary competition will be Andrew Donnal and Williams.

It’s easy put Battle as low as 5th on the OT totem pole right now. After Big Rob #1 and Big Rob #2 you have Saffold and Reynolds who could conceivably step in before Battle is seriously considered.

Expectations

Show why some considered you a first round talent and start to show some progress.

Chances of Making Final Roster (6.5/10)

3k had Williams at 5/10 and I think with another year of experience under him, Battle has a slightly better chance of making the squad - if only based on his athleticism and ceiling.