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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: LB Natrez Patrick looks for strong start

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Rookie undrafted free agent Natrez Patrick looks to follow in the footsteps of former UDFA Cory Littleton.

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Undrafted free agent seems to be the everlasting theme among the end-of-roster guys, and Georgia Bulldogs’ LB Natrez Patrick is no different.

After an up-and-down college career that spelled some off-field troubles, Patrick is ready to make his mark in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams.

Roster Battle

The inside linebacker spot is one of the weaker positions on the Rams’ roster giving Patrick a real shot to make the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. The starters at inside linebacker are former UDFA Cory Littleton, and 2018 fifth-round draft pick Micah Kiser. After those two, fellow late-round draft picks and UDFA’s Travin Howard, Bryce Hager, Dakota Allen, Troy Reeder, and Patrick will all battle it out for the final roster spots.

Expectations

The expectations simply aren’t high for Patrick. His first goal should be to make the active roster. If he’s able to accomplish that feat, he’s either going to be inactive most weeks or a special teams contributor. If the active roster isn’t an attainable goal, then the practice squad becomes the top priority.

Chances of making the final roster (4/10)

Patrick has a shot to make the roster, though it’s hard to project how he’ll develop in the short summer ahead. There isn’t much to differentiate between all the late-round/UDFA linebackers at this point, so all have a legit shot to separate themselves.