With week one looming on the horizon, the Los Angeles Rams have released an unofficial 53-man depth chart. Though most of the depth chart is un-surprising, there are some interesting positions to take a further look at.
The entire starting offense looks generally solid, outside of having Tavon Austin listed as a “starter” and rookie phenom Cooper Kupp as a “backup”. I may be mistaken, but I believe this to be a simple “give the veteran the benefit of the doubt” type thing, though during game-time, I entirely expect Cooper Kupp to line up with the starters, and Tavon Austin to only be sprinkled in as a gadget player.
TE Tyler Higbee should probably watch his back as he’s labelled the starter, but impressive rookie TE Gerald Everett has been gaining ground and could eventually jump Higbee for a starting spot.
Looking at the OL depth, particularly, at LT, is pretty worrisome.
On the defensive side, RE Aaron Donald is still not shown on the depth chart, which is really becoming a major problem for this team. How can you go into week one of the regular season without your best player? The front office should be embarrassed.
Rookie Tanzel Smart draws a “starting spot” with Aaron Donald being gone. Smart was largely impressive as a rook in the preseason.
Lastly, Pharoh Cooper looks to be taking the reigns from former Ram RB Benny Cunningham as the teams leading kick returner.
Onto week one...