The down and dirty of the LA Rams initial 53-man roster
By Bret Stuter
For starters, the LA Rams carried outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on injured reserve. As you may already know, that action will create a vacancy on the 53-man roster. The Rams could bring back their own outside linebacker Justin Lawler to fill that void temporarily, or opt to go outside of the familiar to claim a player off the waiver wire.
The media posed a number of solid questions in this video, and I won’t lessen the enjoyment by disclosing the discussion on a point-by-point basis. I think it was a good quality video, and the questions posed were loud enough to be heard, and provide ample context for LA Rams head coach Sean McVay to respond.
One of the points that I will point to is the fact that the LA Rams kept ten offensive linemen. That means that the Rams have the capacity to predefined specific roles one backup offensive lineman to swap out for each starting offensive lineman. Offensive center Coleman Shelton was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list, and as such does NOT count against the initial 53-man roster.
Another point of note is that the Rams are targeting tight-end Jacob Harris as a special teams player exclusively for right now. That’s to be expected because the Rams do not like to put the rookies into a game-time role out of the gates. Another highlight that I don’t want to be skipped over is that running back Xavier Jones is now the second player before the season even starts who has injured his Achilles Tendon. In the coach’s own words, Jones will need corrective surgery, and at this late point in time, will now likely be lost for the season.