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Rams Release Unofficial Depth Chart Ahead Of Season Opener Against 49ers

We’ve got our first depth chart of the 2016 season.

2016 Los Angeles Rams
2016 Los Angeles Rams
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Unofficial depth charts. Enough to warrant interest. Not enough to offer credibility. Yay! (BTW, be on the lookout for injury reports later this week!)

The team’s media department published this prospective depth chart independent of input from the coaching staff.

REPEAT

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THIS IS NOT THE COACHES’ DEPTH CHART. THIS IS DISTRIBUTED BY THE TEAM TO HELP MEDIA AND THUS FANS.

Good? No. Guarantee someone assumes the exact opposite. I’m looking at you, TST Facebook people...

Anywho, here’s the depth chart:

Unofficial Depth Chart - Week 1 @ SF
Unofficial Depth Chart - Week 1 @ SF

The only real big nugget on offense for me is Rob Havenstein still being listed as a backup. All that really means is that he’s still injured. If he’s healthy, he’s the starting RT. If he’s not, he might as well not even be on there.

As for the defense...I like how they split out the linebackers into one linebacker spot and one for the Mark Barron Hybrid Role Brought To You By American Airlines. The Rams run out of the nickel base with the MBHRBTYBAA as the second "linebacker" position, so this is more accurate than most. What’s interesting is that Cory Littleton is the selectee behind Barron.

At cornerback, you’ve got Coty Sensabaugh over E.J. Gaines. Given Gaines’ injury history, both in general and throughout the preseason and training camp, that may be a decision based on readiness more than skill set applicability. And yes, disgruntled Lamarcus Joyner is a starting CB.

Back at the end at safety, it’s Mo Alexander over Cody Davis alongside T.J. McDonald. What’s scary here is that with Barron in...his role, the Rams only have three true safeties going. That’s banking on their long-term health over the course of the season to a pretty uncomfortable degree.

As it stands, we get to set the bar mid-week as we head toward Monday’s season opener. As we await the injury reports on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ve at least got a mark for personnel.

Starting on Thursday, we get to install the gameplan and prep the battlefield for Los Angeles Rams football...