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Rams cut 4, still need 5 more to go before Tuesday

NFL teams must get down to 80-man rosters this year

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The LA Rams must get down to 80 players when training camp opens on Tuesday, 10 fewer than anyone was expecting headed into 2020, and they started that process on Saturday by letting go of the first four:

  • Receiver Greg Dortch
  • Tight end Ethan Wolf
  • Safety Jake Gervase
  • Center Nate Trewyn

Dortch may be somewhat surprising because it means that the Rams valued all five of their rookie undrafted free agent receivers more than a player who had been with them since last December. He was also thought to be in competition for a significant role on special teams.

Wolf would’ve seemed to have no shot behind two potential starting tight ends, a fourth round pick, and veteran Johnny Mundt. There is also a logjam at safety and the Rams chose to release a veteran before three undrafted free agent rookies. And although LA has a wide open competition at center, Trewyn would’ve been behind at least Austin Blythe, Austin Corbett, Brian Allen, and Cohl Cabral in that competition. The team also still has center Jeremiah Kolone.

The Rams had 89 players prior to these cuts so they have five more to go before Tuesday.