More than anything else, the offensive line appears to be working. Overall, a handful of players have played themselves out of the picture, some of whom had relatively high expectations heading into the season.
OT Isaiah Battle
Isaiah Battle was a fifth-round supplementary draft pick in 2015. Coming out of Clemson, Battle flashed intriguing movement skills, size and length, but it was clear that he was going to need time to work on his craft. Now in his second year in the league, he does not look much improved.
His hand placement is still all over the place, and he has not yet proved that he can play in control. There are moments of impressive strength in Battle’s film, but he tends to be too unrefined to make use of his strength. With plenty of other talented linemen on the team, Battle is likely on his way out.
It doesn’t help that he’s not been able to stay healthy.
OC Brian Folkerts
There is just no room for Brian Folkerts on the roster. Tim Barnes is the solidified starter at center, and Eric Kush has shaped up to be a nice signing as a backup. In addition to those two, Demetrius Rhaney has some experience as a center if he makes the team again. Folkerts is neither strong or fluid in space, making to tough to find a trait that makes Folkerts worthwhile when considering the other options on the roster.
CB Jabriel Washington
Of all the defensive backs on the fringe of the roster, Jabriel Washington is the most interesting. He is an athlete, energetic defensive back that can be flexed as either the slot cornerback or as an emergency outside cornerback. Washington is still working on the finer aspects of playing cornerback, but he plays with a level of awareness that allows him to make plays.
When Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray fumbled in Saturday’s game, Washington was there to scoop it up. Washington is more of an investment in the future than an immediate impact, but there’s something there with him.
DL Matt Longacre
The Rams may have added a few pieces along the defensive line this offseason, but Matt Longacre refuses to be forgotten.
In both preseason games, Longacre has generated consistent pressure off the edge. He is not a flexible, nimble pass rusher, but he has the strength and explosion to be a solid rotational rusher. As a run defender, Longacre can hold his ground and allow the linebackers to fill gaps. Longacre won’t make many splash plays, but he will be a player that the Rams can count on doing his job whenever he is on the field.
WR Brian Quick
Brian Quick needed a big game versus the Chiefs and he failed to come through.
With Jared Goff at quarterback, Quick dropped two passes; one on a quick out route and the other on a slant route. The first of the two drops was all on Quick. Goff placed the ball accurately, but Quick didn’t seem to be paying full attention and the pass bounced off of his hands. The other drop was one part poor ball placement and one part Quick being Quick. The ball was thrown high, but it was a catchable pass and Quick did not haul it in.
There are too many interesting young wide receivers on the roster for Quick to be playing like this and still earn a roster spot.
RB Terrence Magee
Fellow running back Aaron Green was out for Saturday’s matchup versus the Chiefs, giving Magee an opportunity to prove that he was more worthy of a roster spot than the rookie. Magee did not take advantage of his lone chance. He plodded around the backfield, failing to get through the offensive line with command or explosion. By the game’s end, Magee had six carries for sixteen yards with his longest run being four yards.
He did not give any reason to make the roster over Green despite Green not being able to take to the field to prove his case.