It is May 11. The Los Angeles Rams, like every NFL team, have space to hold 90 players under contract. In 113 days on September 1 at 4pm ET, all 32 NFL teams are required to reduce that to a 53-man roster.
The path to that decision begins in earnest today as the Rams hold their two-day rookie minicamp today and tomorrow.
Rams Head Coach Sean McVay has iterated that it will be less of a traditional minicamp and more of a tryout:
We’ll have something more similar to a tryout camp. That will be in a couple weeks. You look at some of the people that we envision adding to really get us to around that 87 to 88, and then you’ve got a couple spots to get up to your 90 (man roster) allotment. I think we’ll use that as an opportunity to see if we can find some spots just based on the numbers and how we want to allocate that 90 over the course of some of the different positions.
So it’s likely less of a welcoming party for the team’s top picks from the 2018 NFL Draft like TCU Horned Frogs OT Joseph Noteboom, Michigan State Spartans C Brian Allen, Virginia Cavaliers ILB Micah Kiser and Oklahoma Sooners EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and more of a tryout for the late draft class picks and the UDFA class.
I’ll doubt we’ll get much news out of camp other than some well-produced social content from the team, but who knows.
The road to 53 is on!