The Los Angeles Rams left space for shopping on the NFL Waiver Wire this weekend.
The Rams dropped nine players on Saturday while also putting defensive tackle A & # 39; Shawn Robinson on reserve / non-soccer injuries and linebacker Travin Howard on injured reserve.
The moves reduced the Rams' roster to 52 players, one under the limit, with an interesting balance between multiple positions. Los Angeles had four tight ends, five safeguards, and ten offensive linemen, but only three insider linebackers.
Coach Sean McVay confirmed that the Rams have not yet assembled their group for the upcoming season.
"We'll have the opportunity to look at these teams' waiver wires to see who is available," said McVay. “We always kind of knew we would have this place to give with what we did with A & # 39; Shawn Robinson. We had this in our back pocket so that we had at least that one place when there was someone we wanted to claim for ourselves. "
The most likely place for a newcomer to the Rams seems to be the linebacker, where their three current players – Micah Kiser, Kenny Young, and Troy Reeder – have only 766 combined defensive snaps of the NFL experience, with no one for Kiser, a likely starter .
But McVay wouldn't reveal the Rams' intentions for their open space, likely while waiting to see what discarded gems are available. If the Rams can't find a player to do without, McVay said they'll be promoting someone from their training team.
"Of course we got a little thinner in some places … but we felt that this reflected some of our 53 best players," he said.
Recent cuts to the Rams included defense attorney Donte Deayon, the sympathetic veteran who had plenty of airtime this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks". Los Angeles also waived the defense attorneys Marquise Copeland, Michael Hoecht and Jonah Williams; Linebackers Clay Johnston, Christian Rozeboom, Natrez Patrick, and Justin Lawler; and rookie quarterback Bryce Perkins, who is expected to return as the Rams' third quarterback.
None of the Rams' cuts were shocking, but an interesting collection of players were given roster spots, including seven of their eight draft picks and three uncovered rookies: Xavier Jones of the SMU, receiver Trishton Jackson of Syracuse and defenseman Eric Banks of UTSA.
Perkins, the passerby from Virginia who signed as a vacant free agent, will be back if he approves the waivers, McVay said. The offensive guru also said he had no qualms about going into the regular season with John Wolford and Perkins as backups of Jared Goff even though neither quarterback played an NFL snap.
Rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis will not be available for the Rams' season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 13 at SoFi due to a knee injury. McVay said the Rams hope to reveal more information about Lewis' injury when they get test results again on Wednesday.