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2017 Rams Roster Preview: DE Casey Sayles, The Salesman

Can one of the MAC’s best defensive linemen make the Rams roster in Year 1 under new Head Coach Sean McVay?

Ohio DL Casey Sayles
Ohio DL Casey Sayles
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Fun fact. The only anagram you can make from Casey Sayles is Casey Sayles. Don’t even have to look it up. It’s true.

Frank Solich has turned the Ohio Bobcats into one of the best teams in the Mid-American Conference. Now that Casey Sayles (Used the anagram there. Bet you didn’t even notice.) has left Athens, Ohio, for Los Angeles, could he land a deep roster spot under new Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips?

Roster Battle

Sayles would fit the bill as a 3-4 DE, a roster battle I touched on in the roster preview for Omarius Bryant:

Right now, the Rams’ official roster only lists three players at DE: Morgan Fox, Matt Longacre and Ejuan Price. I’d think Ethan Westbrooks and Louis Trinca-Pasat would be the other veteran candidates there while Tanzel Smart, A.J. Jefferson and Casey Sayles would join Bryant as rookie competing for space. That being said, there’s a ton in the air on the line. Outside of Donald and Brockers, I think the competition will be fierce. As it should be.

I failed to include Dominique Easley last time, so I’ll put him here. Some serious battling to be had. The one thing I wonder is what roles Phillips is going to want. Does he want someone to hold space? Someone to attack? What’s he looking for primarily: power, speed or technique?


Casey Sayles.

Chances of Making Final Roster (3/10)

I gave Bryant a 3/10. Sayles is on the same track. The position backup slots are up for grabs. Sayles has as much of a shot as anyone in the group. Game on.