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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: OL Aaron Neary looks to overcome hurdles

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Could reserve offensive lineman Aaron Neary make the roster after his suspension is served?

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Originally undrafted in 2016 and eventually latching on with the Los Angeles Rams, OL Aaron Neary never had it easy. The UDFA has spent time with the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, the Rams, Cleveland Browns, and then a second stint with the Rams.

Neary has spent majority of his NFL career on practice squads, including both the Eagles’ and Rams’ practice squads. The main issue for Neary is not that he hasn’t made himself distinguishable, it’s that he’s had run-ins with the NFL (and law) over a misdemeanor DUI and hit and run in 2018, as well as recently being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Neary will miss the first four weeks of the 2019 season, meaning he’s eligible to return in October.

Roster Battle

The more versatile a backup offensive lineman is, the better chance he has of making the roster. The starting five will consist of LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Joseph Noteboom, C Brian Allen, RG Austin Blythe, and RT Rob Havenstein. Those five are set in stone as roster locks. Reserve lineman Bobby Evans, Jamil Demby, and David Edwards are all likely to make the roster. That could leave one or two spots open, with a bevy of UDFA’s in Neary, Jeremiah Kolone (roster preview), Matt Kaskey (roster preview), Chandler Brewer, Vitas Hrynkiewicz (roster preview), and Brandon Hitner (roster preview) battling for the final spots.

Expectations

There are no expectations. Neary should try his best to stick on the roster, and if that isn’t possible extend his shelf life on the practice squad. The one positive that Neary does have in favor of his suspension is that he wont account for a roster spot while he’s on the NFI list, meaning the Rams can carry him on the team until he’s eligible to return prior to making a decision.

Chances of making the final roster (3/10)

They aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible either. Neary could very well grab the final offensive line roster spot.