The LA Rams made several moves to reshape the team on Monday,. November 27, 2023. In short, the Rams placed DB Duke Shelley on IR, signed DB Shaun Jolly from the practice squad, and used the opening on the Rams practice squad to sign recently waived OT Zachary Thomas. While that seemed to be the full set of moves to the Rams roster, other moves would follow on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
At first glance, the most recent two moves by the front office to the Rams roster may appear to be totally unrelated to the previous three moves made just one day earlier. But examine the positions that were addressed in today's transactions, and you will find evidence that the two days worth of transactions to the Rams roster are indeed very much related.
The net changes to the Rams roster transactions from Monday's moves resulted in the Ram replacing a developmental defensive back on the practice squad (Shaun Jolly) with a young offensive lineman (Zachary Thomas)
Today's roster moves simply restore the previous balance to the Rams roster. The Rams re-sign DB Cameron McCutcheon to the practice squad. McCutcheon was cut by the Rams just one week ago to make room to sign veteran RB Darrell Henderson Jr. to the practice squad. Today's transactions restore McCutcheon to the Rams practice squad. So what?
Well, Cameron McCutcheon is a big-bodied rookie DB (6-foot-1, 201 pounds) who has exhibited enough promise and potential to the Rams coaching staff to warrant returning to the practice squad. And I can assure you that if Assistant HC Jimmy Lake and DB Coach Aubrey Pleasant see potential, that player has a real shot of succeeding in the NFL.
In the end, the Rams have reset their practice squad in such a way that aligns with what the front office believes to be the right depth at key positions. With six games left on the Rams schedule, we won't need to wait for very long to see if the front office guessed correctly.