At weeks end, the LA Rams will set their final 53-man roster. Who will make the cuts? Here is our final projection
For the LA Rams, most of the hard work is over. In other words, it’s all over but the shouting. The gates at SoFi stadium are locked once more and will remain so until the Rams opening game against the Dallas Cowboys. Players who arrived from the 2019 roster, the 2019 practice squad, the 2020 NFL Draft, and free agency, both before and after the draft, converged to compete for a roster spot.
That competition is all but over now. Yes, the Rams will continue to practice. The training camp moves forward. But the top 45-48 roster spots are all but spoken for now. Players now are competing for tie-breakers. With each play now, those bubble players must show to the coaches and to teammates why they are so critical to belong with the rest.
Time to prune
80 players to 53 is a huge and painstaking process for coaches and players alike. One silver lining for the 2020 roster is the expansion of the practice squad to 16 players. Of those practice squad slots, four are categorized as protected. The LA Rams can make incredible use of those practice squad slots, as long as they can sign the players needed to fill them.
It’s the final doorway to step across to finally be on that side of the NFL season. 53 players to compete against opposing team 53 players. Who goes? Who stays? Who slides to the practice squad? In the end, the LA Rams are on their way to reclaim the NFC West crown. Who is in?