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Rams cuts: LA waives 4, gets down to 80-man roster

Rather than keep a side squad, Sean McVay left these players free to find new homes

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at South Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams had until August 16 to get down from 84 players to 80 but they opted instead to waive four players on Saturday to get down to the necessary roster size; though they could’ve kept the four players around it would have meant splitting the roster up for practices and meetings.

The four players are linebacker Daniel Bituli, running back James Gilbert, defensive end Greg Reaves, and defensive tackle Sam Renner.

Bituli went undrafted out of Tennessee and was signed by the Rams after the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a three-year starter for the Vols, positing his best numbers as a sophomore in 2017.

Gilbert spent four years at Ball State, rushing for 1,332 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016, but he missed most of the next season and used his fifth year of eligibility to play for Kansas State last year. He had 737 yards and six touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry and signed with LA after the draft.

Reaves was also undrafted and also a three year college starter, in his case being South Florida. He had 8.5 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss in the last three years.

Renner is the fourth undrafted free agent rookie in the group. He didn’t get into a game until his fourth year at Minnesota and then as a fifth-year senior in 2019 he had 43 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, and five sacks. Reaves and Renner were both former walk-ons.