Los Angeles Rams 2017: 5 surprise cuts from 53-man roster

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5. Sam Rogers

Back in April, the Los Angeles Rams pulled off a surprise by using a sixth-round pick on former Virginia Tech fullback Sam Rogers, as this was a surprise due to the fact that nobody could have predicted them to use selection on that position. Players like Todd Gurley had every reason in the world to be thrilled over the type of blocking Rogers was hoping to bring to the table as a rookie, but unfortunately for the former Hokie, he was part of the team’s cuts on Saturday.

Early speculation is one of the main reasons behind the decision was due to Los Angeles trading for tight end Derek Carrier earlier in the day, who is expected to be used more so as a blocker for Sean McVay on offense. In fact, when looking at Carrier’s lack of production on offense over the last two years with the Washington Redskins, it seems clear the decision to trade for Carrier was for ability as a blocker, which means Rogers seems like he had to be the odd man out.

While Rogers could be a strong candidate to earn a spot on the practice squad, it’s a shame the Rams won’t be able to use him during the regular season. Keep in mind this is a player who also happened to earn 10 trips into the end zone during his final two seasons with the Hokies, which is just another reason why there was so much hype surrounding Rogers.