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Final 2019 Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster, practice squad projection

Let’s make one last guess.

The Los Angeles Rams huddle against the Detroit Lions in Week 13, Dec. 2, 2018.
The Los Angeles Rams huddle against the Detroit Lions in Week 13, Dec. 2, 2018.
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Well, here we go.

The preseason is over. The regular season is coming. In between, we’ve got the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday with the practice squad window opening Sunday.

Here’s my final 53-man projection with the 10-man practice squad which 100% won’t be made up of Los Angeles Rams cuts, but let’s content together, friends.

Previous projections

QB (2)

In: Jared Goff, Blake Bortles
Out: Brandon Allen, John Wolford
Changes from last projection: N/A


RB (4)

In: Todd Gurley, Darrell Henderson (rookie), Malcolm Brown, John Kelly
Out: Justin Davis, Matt Colburn (UDFA)
Changes from last projection: N/A

Still think Kelly gets in, but wouldn’t be shocked if the Rams trim down to three here.

WR (6)

In: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, JoJo Natson, Mike Thomas
Out: KhaDarel Hodge, Austin Proehl, Alex Bachman (UDFA), Nsimba Webster (UDFA), WR Johnathan Lloyd (UDFA), Jalen Greene (UDFA)
Changes from last projection: N/A

Really strong showing from this group since training camp started. Could the Ram stick two on the practice squad?

TE/FB (3)

In: Gerald Everett, Tyler Higbee, Johnny Mundt
Out: Romello Brooker (UDFA), Kendall Blanton (UDFA), Keenen Brown (UDFA)
Changes from last projection: N/A

Was hoping for more from the depth like the wideouts. Not a ton of preseason offense, but also hard to spread it around. Practice squad selection here will be tough.

OL (8)

In: Andrew Whitworth, Rob Havenstein, Joseph Noteboom, Brian Allen, Austin Blythe, Bobby Evans (rookie), David Edwards (rookie), Jamil Demby
Out: Jeremiah Kolone, Chandler Brewer (UDFA), Vitas Hrynkiewicz (UDFA), Brandon Hitner (UDFA), Matt Kaskey (UDFA)
Suspended: Aaron Neary
Changes from last projection: Demby IN, Kolone OUT

Welp. I’ll go ahead and flip Kolone for Demby after the Rams kept Demby sidelined last night. I thought perhaps Kolone might have slipped ahead of him, but clearly the staff isn’t put off by Demby’s preseason performances.

DL (7)

In: Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, John Franklin-Myers, Greg Gaines (rookie), Morgan Fox, Tanzel Smart
Out: , Bryant Jones (UDFA), Marquise Copeland (UDFA), Boogie Roberts (UDFA)
Changes from last projection: Smart IN

Welp, part II. Smart was also on the sideline. He’s been around the last two years as a sixth-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft. Could he be the Rams’ breakout player of 2019?

LB (9)

In: Clay Matthews, Cory Littleton, Samson Ebukam, Dante Fowler, Jr., Bryce Hager, Dakota Allen (rookie) Trevon Young, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Natrez Patrick (UDFA)
Out: Micah Kiser, Troy Reeder (UDFA), Josh Carraway, Landis Durham (UDFA), Justin Lawler, Travin Howard,
Ketner Kupp (UDFA)
Changes from last projection: N/A

This one’s hard, but I’ll stick with it.

CB (5)

In: Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Nickell Robey-Coleman, David Long (rookie), Troy Hill
Out: Dominique Hatfield, Donte Deayon, Kevin Peterson, Darious Williams, Ramon Richards
Changes from last projection: Deayon OUT

With Smart making the cut, I’ll pull Deayon out. That leaves the Rams without a clear backup for NRC, but there’s confidence there as he has yet to miss a single game in his six-year NFL career.

S (6)

In: John Johnson III, Eric Weddle, Taylor Rapp (rookie), Marqui Christian, Steven Parker, Nick Scott (rookie)
Out: N/A
Changes from last projection: Scott IN, Howard OUT

Howard plays linebacker.

ST (3)

In: Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide
Out: Miller Brock

FF >>

Practice Squad

QB John Wolford
WR KhaDarel Hodge
WR Nsimba Webster
TE Kendall Blanton
OL Jeremiah Kolone
OT Chandler Brewer
EDGE Landis Durham
EDGE Justin Lawler
CB Kevin Peterson
CB Donte Deayon

The Rams won’t carry 10 of their own onto the practice squad with all the talent across the NFL about to made available, but here’s the 10 I’d look at based on my roster cuts.

The 53-man roster deadline is tomorrow at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

Practice squads can begin to be formed on Sunday at 1pm ET/10am PT.

Busy weekend ahead...