In their fourth and final preseason game, the St. Louis Rams lost 14-13 to the hosting Miami Dolphins. Head coach Jeff Fisher sat the starters for this exhibition contest, which gave everyone a longer look at the rookies on the squad before final cuts were made. Undrafted rookies who made the squad will take the place of the rookies who were cut in this series. Here is Ramblin’ Fans’ fourth Rams rookie stock report after week 4 of the preseason. This series will continue each week throughout the 2014 campaign.
Greg Robinson: EVEN
With the normal starters being rested, Robinson got the start at left tackle. On the second snap of the game Robinson got to the second level and cleared a lane, which allowed RB Trey Watts to gallop forward for a 12 yard gain. The next drive he looked solid, save for a holding penalty. The coaching staff will need to decide if Robinson has done enough during the preseason to start at left guard week one. He looked good against LB Dion Jordan and Miami’s second string, for as much as that’s worth.
Aaron Donald: EVEN
Donald also started against the Dolphins. He was the middle man of a three-man front that was also comprised of DL’s Alex Carrington and Ethan Westbrooks. Midway through the first drive, Donald ripped under the center and got in the backfield in a blink, which forced a hurried throw by QB Matt Moore. He played until the start of the second quarter and did not register a tackle. He’s still entrenched in his role as a third down pass rusher heading into the season.
Lamarcus Joyner: Stock DOWN
Joyner started at nickel corner with safeties Cody Davis and Mo Alexander on the back end. On his second defensive snap, Joyner got flagged for a pass interference penalty. He missed two tackles and got beat on inside slants twice later, which all came on the same defensive series. He had a bit of a rough outing against the Dolphins offense. He finished with two tackles.
Tre Mason: Stock DOWN
Mason entered the game after during the offenses second offensive series in the first quarter. He finished with six carries for 14 yards, with one catch for nine yards. With RB Benny Cunningham decidedly ahead of Mason on the depth chart, it seems undrafted rookie RB Trey Watts is doing his best to gain ground in the race.
Mo Alexander: EVEN
Alexander started at safety and played into the third quarter. Officially he had one tackle, but he also had another nice one for a short gain on a quick screen pass that was nullified by penalty. He’ll make the team as a special teams contributor from day one with potential for a bigger role at safety down the road.
E.J. Gaines: Stock UP
Gaines started at cornerback with CB’s Trumaine Johnson, Janoris Jenkins and Brandon McGee not playing. He played into the third quarter and finished with two tackles and one pass defensed. After a strong preseason, he figures to play a lot until Johnson comes back in a few weeks.
Garrett Gilbert: CUT
Gilbert entered the game after QB Austin Davis in the third quarter. He completed six of 14 passes for 50 yards. He has since been cut as the Rams organization trims the roster to 53 players.
Mitchell Van Dyk: CUT
Van Dyk entered the game at left guard in the second half. He was cut on Saturday as the team made their final cuts.
Christian Bryant: CUT
Bryant finished with three tackles (one for loss) and one quarterback hurry. He has been cut by the Rams.
Michael Sam: CUT
Sam led the team with six tackles against Miami. He has since been cut in favor of DE Ethan Westbrooks.
Demetrius Rhaney: IR
Rhaney did not play. He is still battling a deep bone bruise in his knee that occurred against Green Bay in the second week of the preseason.
Undrafted rookies who made the team will take the place of the players cut. These players include: RB Trey Watts, DE Ethan Westbrooks, TE Alex Bayer and CB Marcus Roberson. As mentioned above, this series will continue after each game this season. Check back in with us for updates.