The Los Angeles Rams released four players on Wednesday afternoon, making room for the undrafted free agent class (of 11) they signed at the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft. NFL teams are allowed to carry no more than 90 players, so the cuts were necessary.
The short list of released players:
- DB Jerome Couplin
- LS Andrew East
- RB Brandon Wegher
- TE Bryce Williams
These moves should come as no surprise. Aside from the fact that these names are borderline unrecognizable to the casual fan, the new coaching staff has no ties to the current crop of players, and turnover is inevitable.
In addition to cutting the aforementioned, the Rams also claimed former 49ers nose tackle Mike Purcell off waivers. The 26-year old defensive lineman, who signed with the 49ers in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming, played in 25 games while in San Francisco - starting eight - tallying 42 tackles and 1.0 sacks.
The move provides some depth for the interior of the Rams’ defensive line — and figures to create competition for the backup spot behind Michael Brockers.
Assuming Rich Hammond - of the Orange County Register - has the math right, the Rams roster currently sits at 89 players.
The Rams will soon hold rookie minicamps, which are scheduled May 12-14. During minicamps, they’re allowed to host tryout candidates (like De'Mard Llorens and Shakeir Ryan from Northwestern), but those players do not count against the 90-player cap. At the conclusion of camp, assuming the Rams were inclined to offer a candidate a spot, they’d need to make the necessary roster cuts in order to stay at/below 90.
Stay tuned. This, while a start, will not be the end of the cuts from the Jeff Fisher era.