With their first preseason game approaching this week, the Rams have released their first depth chart of the season. At a glance, McVay and his staff clearly will allow rookies to slowly assimilate before earning a spot above a more experienced player. On offense, names like Lucas, Neary, Blythe, Eldrenkamp, and Williams will be listed as second teamers ahead of rookies like Joseph Noteboom, Jamil Demby, Brian Allen, and Jeremiah Kolone, until further notice.
On defense, Sam Shields is currently ahead of Troy Hill who is listed as a third teamer for the moment. Rookie Jonathan Franklin-Myers is listed as Michael Brockers primary backup at the five technique, so it appears Ethan Westbrooks will assume Aaron Donald’s position until he returns to action. Dominique Easley has yet to return to action following his torn ACL last year, but will hopefully return soon.
Ejuan Price will be Longacre’s backup at the WILL position, but may get to start this week as Longacre recovers from a bicep injury. Behind him is rookie Travon Young. The other OLB is Samson Ebukam, whose primary backup will be rookie Justin Lawler. Those waiting to see Ogbannia Okoronkwo, will have to continue waiting as he works his way back from a broken foot.
Inside, MIKE backer Cory Littleton will be backed by Bryce Hager and then rookie Micah Kiser, and Mark Barron will play ahead of newcomer Ramik Wilson.
All in all, kind of what we would have expected, but there will be plenty of reasons to pay attention in the second half when the Rams clash with the Ravens this Thursday.
We made it! Enjoy.