Roster cutdown day is here. Unfortunately for a lot of NFL players, their dreams will end today. Some will stick on practice squads, and some will be done altogether. As the released players come pouring in, let’s take a look at some potential options that could make sense for the Los Angeles Rams’ 53-man roster:
WR Carlos Henderson
Carlos Henderson was a third-round pick in 2017 by the Denver Broncos. His career started on a bad note with a thumb injury last year that landed him on injured reserve. Continuing the bad stretch, Henderson didn’t report to camp this year tending to a “personal matter”. He was also handed a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Now, even though it may seem all bad, Henderson is an extremely talented wideout. He’s a small WR who excels as a yards-after-catch monster, touting a strong set of hands and a knack for making big plays. He also brings special teams versatility.
Henderson may not be an option for the 53-man roster, but he would certainly present a great option for the practice squad.
OG Nico Siragusa
Siragusa is a large and powerful guard. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately for Siragusa, he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in training camp last year, effectively missing his entire rookie season.
In college, Siragusa was a nasty and powerful guard clearing the way for Donnel Pumphrey, who ran his way through the San Diego State record books.
If healthy, Siragusa would be an interesting option for either the 53-man roster of the practice squad.
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
LeBlanc is a small-in-stature corner at 5’11” and 190 lbs, though his game suggests otherwise. An undrafted free agent in the 2016 NFL Draft, LeBlanc spent time with the New England Patriots and most recently (and notably), the Chiacgo Bears. LeBlanc has started 10 games for the Bears in the past two seasons, registering 13 pass deflections, two interceptions, one touchdown, and one forced fumble.
If the Rams are looking to bolster their CB depth, LeBlanc is a guy they should keep their eyes on.
OLB Jeff Holland
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Holland was a undrafted free agent in the 2018 NFL Draft, and chose to sign on with the Denver Broncos. Now, let me preface by saying this: It’s likely the Broncos want to keep Holland on their practice squad, so if anyone wants a chance at him, he’ll need to be signed to the 53-man roster.
Holland was a productive pass rusher from Auburn, though his measurables and lack of athleticism pushed him into UDFA status. Regardless, word out of Broncos camp is that he’s been highly impressive, and if the Rams feel they need more juice coming off the edge, Holland could certainly be an option.
OLB Steven Means
This is by far my favorite potential add. The only reason Means is currently available is because of how stacked the Philadelphia Eagles roster is along the defensive line. Means could come in and instantly provide major pass rush juice coming off the edge. Ironically enough, I wrote an article about why he’d be a great addition a few weeks prior.
OLB/ILB John Simon
Simon has made hay in his career as a tweener, moving between inside linebacker and outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Since the Indianapolis Colts made the switch to a 4-3, Simon no longer fit and was released. Simon is a 27-year old five-year veteran with 13 career sacks, one interception, one touchdown, and one forced fumble to his name.
QB Connor Cook
The former fourth-round pick hasn’t played a ton in the league, but he’s shown flashes of decent quarterback play. Cook isn’t the greatest player, but he could at the very least push either of Sean Mannion or Brandon Allen for a roster spot.