• Joseph McAtee

Los Angeles Rams' initial 53-man roster for 2020 set

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their 53-man roster ahead of next weekend's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

Well, kinda.

That 53-man roster only includes 53 players, so the Rams are certain to make some moves in the days ahead.

That said, here's the roster and how it stacks up against my final roster projection:

QB (2)

In: Jared Goff, John Wolford

Out: Bryce Perkins

Difference from projection: None

This one was kinda straightforward. Perkins is a nice developmental project, but not needed to the point of using a roster spot on him when he won't provide special teams work.

RB (4)

In: Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Jr., Xavier Jones

Out: John Kelly

Difference from projection: Jones IN

X-Man! I had Jones on the outside looking in, but we've got one of two things going on here. Either Jones is more tapped into special teams than I was considering, or the Rams have more sincere concerns with Henderson's hamstring than they've let on.

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

Difference from projection: None

The top five were relatively fair assumptions, but Jackson was a bit of a special teams stretch. Good guess, me!

TE (4)

In: Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Johnny Mundt, Brycen Hopkins

Out: Kendall Blanton

Difference from projection: None

Another relatively easy one to nail here. Fun group too. Excited to see how McVay deploys this unit with Everett fully healthy.

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

Difference from projection: None

Another group where it was pretty straightforward. The only question for me was whether both Shelton and Allen would make it or if the Rams wanted to go one lighter for the interior offensive line. Makes sense in the end.

DL (6)

In: Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Morgan Fox, Greg Gaines, Eric Banks

Out: Marquise Copeland, Jonah Williams, Michael Hoecht

IR: A'Shawn Robinson

Difference from projection: Banks IN

Banksy is a real surprise for me, but then again we just don't have much intel for special teams work. Not sure he's cover for Robinson (who technically was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list) instead of a special teams addition, but eager to see if he gets into the rotation.

OLB (5)

In: Leonard Floyd, Samson Ebukam, Terrell Lewis, Obo Okoronkwo, Jachai Polite

Out: Natrez Patrick, Josh Carraway, Justin Lawler

Difference from projection: Polite IN, Patrick OUT

Honestly surprised that Polite jumped Patrick. Not a quality issue, but more than Patrick can play inside and offers a bit more against the run whereas Polite is very similar skill-wise to Okoronkwo. I could see all these guys getting snaps on defense over the first few weeks especially if the starters don't perform exceptionally well in the first game or two.

ILB (3)

In: Micah Kiser, Kenny Young, Troy Reeder

Out: Clay Johnston, Christian Rozeboom, Daniel Bituli, Derrick Moncrief

IR: Travin Howard

Difference from projection: Johnston OUT, Rozeboom OUT

Phew. Thin group here. I wonder if this indicates more three-safety sets than I was anticipating. Regardless, not going to see many two-ILB sets with a rotation this thin. Kiser the main man?

CB (4)

In: Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, Darious Williams, David Long, Jr.

Out: Donte Deayon, Adonis Alexander

Difference from projection: Deayon OUT

No more laughing from Deayon on the sidelines. I thought he could sneak in there, but clearly they're comfortable with the quartet they have. And depending on Long's development, it could be one of the NFL's better cornerback groups.

S (5)

In: John Johnson III, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott

Out: Jake Gervase, Dayan Lake, Juju Hughes, Tyrique McGhee

Difference from projection: None

Another straightforward group, and another talented one. If they're going to deploy more three-safety looks, I do wonder if Fuller might get into the mix with Burgess. Fuller was a really nice weapon at the back of Ohio State's defense the last three years and offers more than just special teams quality.

ST (3)

In: Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide, Sam Sloman

Out: Lirim Hajrullahu, Austin MacGinnis

Difference from projection: Sloman IN, Hajrullahu OUT

King Lirim. Sniff.

So away we go. Fifty-two set (for now). I got 48 of them in my final projection, so not too bad of a take for what those are worth (not much...).

Let's see what moves the Rams make over the next 96 hours ahead of the practice week and our first injury report of 2020 on Wednesday.