2023 LA Rams roster breakdown, shockingly thin at some positions

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Even as the LA Rams played their final three games of the 2022 NFL season, the front office continued to work its magic. Players were added, and the result is that, despite injuries, the Rams roster is in a pretty good position to reassemble a winning team for the 2023 NFL season.

While other NFL teams compete and get sent home, disappointed that they failed to have what it takes to win a Super Bowl, we have the opportunity now to pause, take a deep breath, and start to view the 2023 NFL season out of the corner of our eyes. While many fans likely have maintained a good handle on the Rams roster throughout the wild and wacky 2023 NFL season, there is the chance that some of you may have lost track of who is and who is not under contract for next season and beyond.

Since I fall under the “I’m not sure any longer,” category, I thought that it would be of some value to explore who is under contract for next season, which positions they currently play, and allow that to set the basis for our offseason objectives.  Of course, just the foundation of who is and is not currently under contract for the 2023 NFL season will percolate plenty of excellent discussions, and we are eager to enter into those even before the season ends.

It’s been a tough offseason already for the LA Rams. Not insomuch of events as much as the uncertainty. The team needs to reassemble its coaching staff once more. Thankfully, Rams head coach Sean McVay will be back. And based on the Rams announcement, he is excited to be back once more.

Onto reassembling the Rams roster

Once the coaching staff is assembled, and it appears to be making rapid progress, the team must pivot to the roster. The LA Rams are projected to lose 25 players, and their 2023 roster, as it now stands, is comprised of 51 players. Of course, not all of the players projected to leave the LA Rams roster are created equal. The Rams have one projected Restricted Free Agent (RFA), and he is QB John Wolford, and seven projected Exclusive Rights Free agents (ERFA):

LB Travin Howard
LB/S Jake Gervase
DT Marquise Copeland
DE/OLB Michael Hoecht
QB Bryce Perkins
CB Shaun Jolly
LB Christian Rozeboom

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But the Rams roster is not a slam dunk for the 2023 NFL season. The Rams have already parted ways with a number of players who seemed as though they may hold some value as either extended players for rotational roles or as potential free agents who might trigger the NFL algorithms for awarding compensatory picks in the 2024 NFL Draft.  So let’s dive into this one rather quickly, because we have a lot of ground to survey: