5. Solidify special teams
The LA Rams bubble players will either be in or out based on special teams play. By tomorrow’s scrimmage, the team should have a pretty good handle on who on the roster is in fact solidly on the roster, and who is bordering either in or out. So the keen eye could make a pretty educated guess as to who will make the team based on their special teams’ performance.
We know that the LA Rams need to whittle down their kicker from three players to one. While some suggest that the team will carry a kicker on the practice squad, I don’t see it. The decision, once done, will be final. From all information so far, the leader of the team’s kicker competition is likely Lirim Hajrullahu. Unless he has a poor performance tomorrow, that competition is likely over. We know that the Rams punter is Johnny Hekker We know that the long snapper is Jacob “Jake” McQuaide. We also believe that WR/KR Nsimba Webster will land one of the Rams’ return-roles.
Rounding out the roster
The remainder of the special teams, both return and coverage teams, will be settled for the most part in Saturday’s scrimmage. Head coach Sean McVay, and ST coordinator John Bonamego, will be looking for solid crisp play. Penalty-free, smart football plays made by smart football players. The Rams will be filming everything, and coaches will evaluate video footage in the days ahead.
It’s hard to imagine one day’s events could have such a significant impact on the career aspirations of 27 players, but it will. Of course, much like a final exam, much of the work leading up to tomorrow’s scrimmage will count as well. For most players in the bottom half of the depth chart, Saturday’s scrimmage is truly a sink or swim crossroads.