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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: Can LB Troy Reeder sneak onto the final roster?

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The former Nittany Lion turned Blue Hen has a lot going for him

I truly enjoy the first batch of roster previews we do every season. Everyone knows who Aaron Donald and Jared Goff are, so while those are just as much fun to write they aren’t nearly as interesting to research.

Writing these early previews forces you to do a little digging and every year you come across someone who is so clearly a fit for the Los Angeles Rams that you have to tip your cap to the Rams front office.

Enter Troy Reeder.

Roster Battle

Reeder played one season for the Penn State Nittany Lions before transferring to play for the Blue Hens of Deleware and be closer to home. While him transferring to a smaller school may have cost him a draft slot, the Rams will be the beneficiaries here

ILB is possibly the thinnest position on the Rams roster. Cory Littleton and Clay Matthews are listed as the starters, but Matthews will likely be used frequently as a pass rusher, which will open up snaps for other LBs. Reeder will be competing with the likes of Micah Kiser, Patrick Natrez, and Dakota Allen. Not the stiffest of competition.

Another wrinkle to the back end of the roster that I enjoy is what Special Teams Coordinator can pull from the group. It’s worth noting that Reeder was a special teams standout at Delaware.

Expectations

Reeder will have to stay true to himself and be willing to accept a lesser role that could build into something more - a la Cory Littleton.

Chances of Making Roster (7/10)

7/10 seems high for the back end of the roster, but Reeder has a lot of things working for him. Lack of depth, his leadership ability (2x captain at Delaware), and special teams prowess make me feel really good about his chances.