2. Justin Davis
Prior to the start of preseason, Justin Davis was a likely candidate to be the No. 3 running back on the Rams roster behind Gurley and Malcolm Brown, especially after a surprise impressive outing last summer. And while Davis certainly made a strong case for himself in the preseason opener by rushing for 41 yards on seven carries, a hamstring injury prevented him from participating in the team’s Week 2 meeting with the Raiders.
As a result of Davis’ injury along with Gurley resting, rookie John Kelly was able to take advantage of the extra time on the football field, and has even led Los Angeles in rushing through the first two preseason contests. For obvious reasons, the Rams never would have gone with Kelly in the sixth round of this year’s draft if they didn’t believe he was capable of becoming an extra weapon to this offense, but as a result, Davis could be the odd man out.
Even if the argument can be made that Davis could somehow find a way to beat out Brown for one of the spots, it will be interesting to see how Los Angeles approaches this situation. Davis has shown all sorts of potential dating back to last summer, but at the end of the day, the NFL is still a business, and the Rams may face the tough decision of whether Davis is worth a roster spot over someone else.