• Joseph McAtee

53-man roster projection

QB (2)

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.

RB (3)

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.

WR (6)

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.

TE (4)

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.

OL (10)

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.

DL (5)

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?

OLB (5)

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.

ILB (5)

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.

CB (5)

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.

S (5)

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.

ST (3)

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.