The Los Angeles Rams made a rash of roster moves just days before 2017 training camp begins:
Appalachian St. OL Parker Collins
Collins played all three interior spots with the Mountaineers. A rookie UDFA, he originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars but lost his roster spot when they picked up former Rams C Demetrius Rhaney.
Northwestern St. RB De’Mard Llorens
Llorens was waived back in late May on a short stint after being signed following rookie minicamp. He clearly has some backing in the RB coaches room.
Eastern Michigan OLB Andy Mulumba
Was a big reason why the Eagles experienced a bit of a rebirth as a program in 2016.
Dartmouth OLB Folarin Orimolade
Orimolade is a rookie UDFA the Rams picked up after the 2017 NFL Draft; they waived him to make space for Austin Blythe in May.
Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List - Active
Any player put on the Active PUP list can return as soon as he’s medically cleared.
Oregon TE Johnny Mundt
As I mentioned in his roster preview, Mundt’s college career was a sandwich: productive on the ends, injuries in the middle. It appears that filling has now oozed out onto his NFL plate.
Non-Football Injury (NFI) List - Active
It’s a bit confusing since it’s called the “non-football injury” list; it can actually include any player who was injured playing football prior to being drafted and/or signed.
Western Kentucky DT Omarius Bryant
One of our first roster previews, Bryant’s the first entry on the NFI List. So this could be an injury from college that carried over or that he’s still rehabbing.
Utah CB Dominique Hatfield
Auburn G Alex Kozan
Rams General Manager Les Snead keeps the Auburn pipeline alive with this one.
Missouri CB Aarion Penton
A lot of people were eager to see if Penton could follow in the Tiger CB footsteps of E.J. Gaines to make a name for himself in the preseason in his NFL rookie season
We’ll have to see how long the five injured youngsters remain sidelined before they can come back or if they even do. Coaches might be so impressed with the early work of the new signees that one of the five who are out might just stay that way.
It’s training camp. Roster battles at this level aren’t for starting jobs. They’re for jobs, period.