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2016 Los Angeles Rams Training Camp Roster Position Battle Update

The Rams have their first preseason game this Saturday against the Cowboys. How do the position battles stand in the week leading up to it?

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The first week of training camp is in the books. With the team getting their legs back under them, the real work starts now with roster decisions. Fringe and depth players get their first chance to make impressions on coaches in game scenarios.


It's still Case Keenum running with the first team offense. Jared Goff impressed during the two minute drill in Saturday's scrimmage at the Coliseum. He still has plenty of work to do and prove before Fisher names him the starter. The big question is how long the Rams leave him in against the Cowboys.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley and Benny Cunningham are set in stone as the top two RBs. Second year back Malcolm Brown and rookie UDFA Aaron Green are starting to give coaches something to think about as camp progresses. Each back has made a handful of plays in limited showcase. Saturday is big for both players and figures to give each a healthy dose of action.

Wide Receivers

This group is turning into the most muddied and contested group on the team. After Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin it has been wide open in camp in part to Pharoh Cooper missing some time with a leg injury. Duke Williams is one WR who has been constantly included in conversations of players impressing. Can he build off his early camp momentum and apply it when it counts? Mike Thomas has also made a few impressive catches and could have leg up in becoming one of Goff's favorite targets.

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee is the other player aside from Duke Williams that gets brought up the most in terms of impressing. He has been getting plenty of action with the first team with Lance Kendricks. Higbee has been raved about early on by many reporters, coaches and players by being a red zone threat and catching nearly everything in sight.

Offensive Line

With Rob Havenstein out with an injury Rodger Saffold has been lining up at RT. In Saffold's place at LG has been Cody Wichmann with the first team. In the event that Saffold is forced to play RT for an extended period of time look for veteran Garrett Reynolds to challenge Wichmann for starting reps. Early reports haven't been good on Greg Robinson so watch backup OT Isaiah Battle on Saturday.

Defensive Line

This group is the most complete on the team. There really is no drama here but Matt Longacre and Cam Thomas are two to keep an eye on to see if they force the Rams hand in possibly keeping nine lineman on the roster.


Top three linebackers are set. Bryce Hager and Cam Lynch have a leg up on the depth positions due to special teams but rookies Brandon Chubb and Josh Forrest are just two players to keep an eye on. This position group is probably the most unsettled in terms of depth and special teams contribution. It likely will take all camp to sort out.

Defensive Backs

E.J. Gaines is banged up again. Coty Sensabaugh has filled in primarily as the outside CB in his place but Lamarcus Joyner has also gotten first team reps on the outside too. The Rams are likely covering their bases getting Joyner reps on the outside in case of emergency. At safety, Mo Alexander has seen the lion's share of first team reps opposite of T.J. McDonald. Cody Davis and Christian Bryant have taken the majority of second team reps. The main development for the secondary group will be if a fifth safety can work his way into the mix for the final 53. As of now, no one has really stood out.