Grading LA Rams Initial 53-man roster to projections

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LA Rams Roster Lance McCutcheon
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Offense (Us: 25) (Rams: 24) Grade: B-

QUARTERBACKS (Us:2, Rams 3): Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, Bryce Perkins

Differences: We suspected that the LA Rams might be compelled to go with two quarterbacks and migrate John Wolford to the PS. That did not happen, and the  Rams will go with three QBs on the roster once more.

RUNNING BACKS (Us: 3, Rams: 4): Darrell Henderson Jr., Kyren Williams. Jake Funk, Cam Akers

Differences: We did not see enough out of the backup running back Jake Funk to warrant including him on the 53-man roster, but the Rams thought otherwise. On my scorecard, RB Trey Ragas was the best of the bunch during preseason games, and he will hopefully be re-signed to the PS.

WIDE RECEIVERS (Us: 8, Rams: 7):  Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson (injured), Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek, Brandon Powell, Lance McCutcheon

Differences: We believed that the Rams might go with eight WRs, with the difference being the fact that the Rams waived TE/WR Jacob Harris. Shocking? Yes, particularly in light of the fact that Harris was known to be incredibly athletic but very raw in terms of football skills.

On a more positive note, undrafted rookie Lance McCutcheon makes the roster.

TIGHT ENDS (Us: 3, Rams: 2): Tyler Higbee, Brycen Hopkins

Differences: We never guessed that the team would be willing to shave their tight end dept to two players, especially after the Rams roster was decimated with injuries to that position a year ago. Do the Rams plan to sign a player to round out their depth?

We shall see.

OFFENSIVE LINE (Us: 9, Rams: 8): Joe Noteboom, David Edwards, Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, Rob Havenstein, Bobby Evans, Tremayne Anchrum Jr., Alaric Jackson

Logan Bruss (IR)

Differences: Talk about bold confidence. After the 2021 season where both the offensive line and the tight end positions were hit hard with injuries, the Rams decide to go with significantly fewer players this season. We sounded the alarm over the need to address the depth of the offensive line group, but that was not reflected in the team’s OL depth. I have concerns over the team going too shallow.