The LA Rams ended their 2022 NFL preseason at 1-2, and must now pivot their attention to roster cuts and preparing for the 2022 NFL season. Unlike past seasons, where the team felt strong to about 45-50 players heading into the final roster cuts to get to the 53-man roster, this year’s group of players feels about 60-strong.
The LA Rams focused almost exclusively on the bottom half of the roster in preseason, and with the exception of some miscues, mental mistakes, and miscommunications, the Rams coaching staff seemed to be rather pleased with the performances of several players.
So some very talented players will be waived. Based on past experience, they may not be around for the LA Rams to re-sign to their practice squad. Will that hurt the LA Rams’ chances of success this season? Perhaps, perhaps not. It will come down to how healthy this team can remain throughout the season. Is this Rams roster up to that type of challenge?
Well, that’s a bit of a problem. The Rams roster was particularly hard hit with injuries last year, and many of those injured players are projected to either start or play significant rotational roles for the team this season. While there is no correlation between injuries from year to year, the Rams were short-handed in the postseason at both the wide receiver position and the secondary.
This year, the Rams are expected to carry more than six wide receivers and more than 10 defensive backs on the 2022 53-man roster. Where will the team compensate by carrying fewer players? That is a huge question, and one with an answer deliver in less than 48 hours.
The LA Rams have difficult decisions ahead. Who will be released? Who will stay? That remains to be seen. But the LA Rams’ young players performed very well in the preseason. Curiously, they were almost entirely late-round or undrafted rookies.
The LA Rams front office continues to impress.