Football is happening! LA Rams 53-man roster prediction

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LA Rams 53-man roster
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Defensive linemen (6)

Starters: Aaron Donald, A’Shawn Robinson, Michael Brockers

Reserves: Sebastian Joseph-Day, Greg Gaines, Morgan Fox

Fighting for Practice Squad: Marquise Copeland, Eric Banks, Mike Hoecht, Sam Renner

The Rams appear to be well established for the top six defensive linemen.  The starting three of Donald, Robinson, and Brockers are incredibly talented. Backing them up are three start-worthy players in SJD, Gaines, and Fox.  The tough part of having such talented starters is the incredibly difficult task it becomes to earn a role, even on the team’s practice squad.

There was plenty of buzz over both Hoecht and Renner. If any of the top six falter (perhaps the slow-footed Greg Gaines?), the guys signed to the roster appear to be ripe for taking advantage of any slip-ups. At least one player will make the practice squad.

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Outside linebackers (4)

Starters: Leonard Floyd, Samson Ebukam

Reserves: Terrell Lewis,  Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Fighting for Practice Squad: Natrez Patrick, Justin Lawler, Jonah Williams

The Rams will likely start Floyd and Ebukam, with rookie Terrell Lewis getting plenty of defensive snaps. Watch for Ogbonnia Okoronkwo to catch on early as well. Of course, the outside linebacker role is incredibly competitive, and anyone can earn a spot on the roster this season. To be honest, I think I am just as excited to see Lewis and Ogbo get their shots at the roles.

Yes, the Rams may not be overly experienced at the position, but the talent level here is through the roof. And keep in mind that Rams linebacker coach Joe Barry joins forces with DC Brandon Staley, who comes from the OLB coaching roles of both the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. This unit will be very good eventually. How quickly can they synch up is the question?