Los Angeles Rams: Predicting the 53 man roster

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DL: Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, Ethan Westbrooks, John Franklin-Myers, Sebastion Joseph-Day, Tanzel Smart (7)

Hopefully the Rams can show off their line of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers, but it’s uncertain due to their being no deal in place for Donald (yet). If Donald is not suited up for Week 1, look for John Franklin-Myers to start in his place. Franklin-Myers looked very impressive in the second game of the preseason. Sebastian Joseph-Day and Tanzel Smart will round out the DL as Domonique Easley is returning from the PUP list, but will likely have time against him as he tries to earn a roster spot.

OLBs: Matt Longacre, Ogbannia Okoronkwo, Justin Lawler, Samson Ebukam, Trevon Young (5)

The Rams will likely be starting Matt Longacre and Samson Ebukam for the time being. This is only because of the injury Ogbannia Okoronkwo is dealing with right now. Sean McVay is uncertain if he’ll be ready in Week 1. Justin Lawler and Trevon Young have shown enough potential in training camp to warrant roster spots. The Rams could definitely be in the market for a OLB like a Junior Galette, but as of now he walked out of Los Angeles with no contract. Galette recently tweeted he’ll play for the vet minimum.

ILBs: Mark Barron, Cory Littleton, Ramik Wilson, Micah Kiser, Tegray Scales, Travin Howard (6)

Good news, the Rams announced Mark Barron was activated off the PUP list. The goal is for him to be ready for Week 1. Cory Littleton will likely start next to Barron to begin the year. Ramik Wilson was signed from Kansas City and has experience playing in a system similar to the Rams. Micah Kiser, Tegray Scales and Travin Howard are all rookies who have been very impactful this preseason.

CBs: Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Sam Shields, Troy Hill (5)

The new pairing of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters should prove to be beneficial for the Rams. They also kept Nickell Robey-Coleman to be their slot CB the majority of the time. Robey-Coleman was an underrated signing for the Rams last year. Sam Shields was also signed this off-season, so I’d be surprised to see him removed from the roster. Shields sat out last season due to a few head injuries throughout his career. Troy Hill rounds out the talented group of CBs that the Rams possess.

FS: Lamarcus Joyner, Marqui Christian (2)

The free safety and strong safety positions should be easy to determine, The Rams will start Lamarcus Joyner again, where he will be playing in a contract year. Marqui Christian has been very solid this preseason and will probably get his reps on special teams.

SS: John Johnson, Blake Countess (2)

Again, like the free safety spot it’s easy to determine who Rams will keep at the position. John Johnson was very impressive last year stepping into the starting role. He’ll look to continue where he left off last season. Blake Countess will also be returning where he is a great backup safety.