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Los Angeles Rams release unofficial depth chart ahead of preseason opener against Oakland Raiders

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Sebastian Joseph-Day and Micah Kiser? In. Samson Ebukam? Out.

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff talks with RB Todd Gurley in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 3, 2017.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff talks with RB Todd Gurley in Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 3, 2017.
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The Los Angeles Rams have released their media guide for Week 1 of the 2019 preseason against the Oakland Raiders and with it their unofficial depth chart:

A reminder that this is from the Rams’ communications staff and not the coaching staff.

Nonetheless, observations...

QB

No surprise with Brandon Allen as the QB3 over John Wolford. The preseason will have more impact here than training camp as Allen has no practice squad eligibility remaining. If the Rams go three quarterbacks wide on the 53-man roster, it will need to be validated in the preseason. Otherwise, they can stash Wolford on the PS.

RB

Darrell Henderson as RB5? Earn it, rook!

WR

A bit surprised to see JoJo Natson “ahead” of Mike Thomas.

TE

I take this one like the running back group. The staff is likely going to want to evaluate the options for TE3 in preseason action to see if anyone can unseat Johnny Mundt.

OL

Some intrigue here with David Edwards at backup left tackle and Bobby Evans at backup right tackle. And again, the rookies slotted into the back of the depth chart might not be accurate.

DL

Sebastian Joseph-Day is having himself an offseason. He gets the starting nod between Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Interesting also to see Morgan Fox on the third line as a defensive end with Tanzel Smart listed as the DT2.

OLB

Clay Matthews listed as a starter here with Dante Fowler, Jr. That relegated Samson Ebukam to the second line with Justin Lawler. EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on the third line.

ILB

Despite recent reporting of a roster battle between Micah Kiser and Bryce Hager, Kiser gets the starting nod here. Hager’s behind him with Travin Howard listed as Cory Littleton’s backup.

CB

This one’s a bit of a mess without a slot position for Nickell Robey-Coleman. And look at David Long, Jr., all the way back there!

S

No surprise here with Taylor Rapp on the second string behind John Johnson III and Eric Weddle. Rapp’s joined by Marqui Christian ahead of rookie Nick Scott.

ST

Only “surprise” here is no returner listed behind/aside Natson. With the Rams’ options from 2018 gone in DB Blake Countess and WR Pharoh Cooper, I wonder who will be back there with Natson on kick returns or who might replace him on punts if he misses time.


Ultimately, we’re going to get some intel in the preseason games on rotation and lines. Some of those rotational decisions won’t really flesh out until the regular season like the balance between RB Todd Gurley, Henderson and potentially RB Malcolm Brown.

But for now, at least the Rams’ media department has given us a baseline heading into Saturday’s preseason opener.