53-man roster projection
In: Jared Goff, John Wolford
Out: Bryce Perkins
While I'm intrigued at the thought of McVay getting to work with a run-first dual-threat quarterback, not sure the Rams have the luxury of keeping a third QB on the active roster who won't be able to contribute to special teams. Hopefully, they can retain Perkins on the expanded practice squad and develop him to see how he looks next year with what should be a traditional offseason with OTAs, minicamp and whatnot.
In: Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Jr.
Out: Xavier Jones, John Kelly
The Rams are set up to have a really intriguing three-headed arsenal to deploy at running back in a stark departure from recent history.
While Kelly has been around for a few years, he hasn't been a heavy contributor to special teams. Jones has gotten some positive coverage for his camp performance, but I don't know if his special teams contributions are going to be strong enough given his size.
In: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, Van Jefferson, Nsimba Webster, Trishton Jackson
Out: Earnest Edwards IV, Easop Winston, Jr., J.J. Koski
The top four are locks. Webster was on return duty last year, and I could see him holding that down. And I like Jackson to make special teams. He didn't quite break through as a wideout at Michigan St., but his final season at Syracuse after transferring was a strong breakout campaign.
In: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Johnny Mundt, Brycen Hopkins
Out: Kendall Blanton
I think there's a chance they only carry three, but I'll go with the conventional wisdom here.
In: Andrew Whitworth, Joe Noteboom, Austin Blythe, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein, Bobby Evans, David Edwards, Tremayne Anchrum, Coleman Shelton, Brian Allen
Out: Jamil Demby, Jeremiah Kolone, Cohl Cabral
The unit of most concern gets the most buffer here. I'll slide Anchrum in based on his promotion during camp to the second unit. And I've got Shelton in there for his 2019 special teams work carrying over.
In: Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Morgan Fox, Greg Gaines
Out: Marquise Copeland, Jonah Williams, Michael Hoecht, Eric Banks IR: A'Shawn Robinson
Is this the most predictable group? Could one of the four I have getting squeezed make the roster for special teams?
In: Leonard Floyd, Samson Ebukam, Terrell Lewis, Obo Okoronkwo, Natrez Patrick
Out: Jachai Polite, Josh Carraway, Justin Lawler
Wouldn't shock me in the least if one of the three outs I have make it for special teams (looking at you, Justin Lawler). It would shock me if anyone outside of the first four (barring injury...which may have already happened) get any snaps on defense.
In: Micah Kiser, Kenny Young, Troy Reeder, Clay Johnston, Christian Rozeboom
Out: Daniel Bituli, Derrick Moncrief IR: Travin Howard
Tons of special teams snaps to be had from this group. I'll keep both "Papa Fudge" Johnston and Rozeboom.
In: Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, Darious Williams, David Long, Jr., Donte Deayon
Out: Adonis Alexander
Tough cut here as I like Alexander (a 6'3" corner!), but there aren't any snaps to be had on defense and his potential role on special teams go to Jackson and the safety depth in this projection.
In: John Johnson III, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott
Out: Jake Gervase, Dayan Lake, Juju Hughes, Tyrique McGhee
Fantastic unit here. Normally, I'd want some of these cuts to pick up special teams work, but the unit is just too strong. Fuller and Scott could be special teams standouts.
In: Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide, Lirim Hajrullahu
Out: Sam Sloman, Austin MacGinnis
Not really picking Hajrullahu for any reason specifically, but also don't want to talk about kickers in Greg Zuerlein's absence. The entire approach to this for 2020 makes me very nervous.