Obviously it’s still really early in the offseason. For the Los Angeles Rams and the other NFL teams that means nothing is set in stone. With training camp coming up and the entire preseason to go, jobs will be lost and won.
ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez took a shot to predict what the Rams’ 53-man roster:
QUARTERBACKS (2): Jared Goff, Sean Mannion
No surprises here.
RUNNING BACKS (3): Malcolm Brown, Lance Dunbar, Todd Gurley
This is going to be an interesting battle. It’s likely all three of these guys make it, though Aaron Green could be hard to omit.
FULLBACKS (2): Cory Harkey, Sam Rogers
WIDE RECEIVERS (7): Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper, Cooper Kupp, Bradley Marquez, Josh Reynolds, Nelson Spruce, Robert Woods
Now that is interesting. 7 WR’s is not prototypical, so that would be different, but Marquez offers ST ability, and Spruce did show some game in last year’s preseason. That’ll be a very fun camp battle.
TIGHT ENDS (3): Gerald Everett, Tyler Higbee, Temarrick Hemingway
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Austin Blythe, Jamon Brown, Andrew Donnal, Rob Havenstein, Pace Murphy, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Cody Wichmann, Andrew Whitworth
No Jake Eldrenkamp may upset some Rams fans, but here’s another group that outside of the top five doesn’t have much solidity. There will be jobs for the taking.
DEFENSIVE LINE (7): Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Dominique Easley, Matt Longacre, Mike Purcell, Tanzel Smart, Ethan Westbrooks
Longacre may be a mild surprise as 3-4 DE, but he did show some ability last season.
LINEBACKERS (7): Mark Barron, Connor Barwin, Samson Ebukam, Josh Forrest, Bryce Hager, Alec Ogletree, Robert Quinn
CORNERBACKS (5): E.J. Gaines, Trumaine Johnson, Mike Jordan, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kayvon Webster
SAFETIES (5): Maurice Alexander, Blake Countess, Cody Davis, John Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner
Generally, no surprises here. Countess would be an interesting option to keep, as he does offer some versatility on the back end.
SPECIALISTS (3): Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide, Greg Zuerlein
There it is. Outside of some mild surprises, it’s likely what most of us would expect. Obviously, it’s hard to predict anything right now before these guys even strap on the pads.
Once training camp gets going, things will start to become a lot more clear.