Rams sign 10, then add 4 more, to Reserve/Future contracts. So who and what are they?

In LA Rams News: Rams sign 10, then add 4 more, to Reserve/Future contracts. What are Reserve/Future contracts? And why are the LA Rams bringing these players back for 2024?

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Offense signings - OL

7 - OL AJ Arcuri is a reserve offensive lineman who saw action as a starter for one game on the LA Rams offensive line in 2022. In fact, he played in eight games that season, getting 70 offensive snaps and 33 special teams snaps. His role diminished substantially in 2023, as the 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle spent all season on the Rams practice squad. Still, he has live playing experience, and 2024 will be his third NFL season. He has all the makings for a backup offensive lineman for the Rams, and could even make the 53-man roster next season.

8 - OL Logan Bruss is a reserve offensive lineman who has been snakebit in his first two NFL seasons. He was the first player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, with the 104th overall pick. But he suffered a devastating knee injury that sidelined him all through 2022, and even limited his ability to practice through the the 2024 Rams training camp. At 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, he has the size and power prerequisite to start as an NFL offensive guard. Will it be third time is the charm, or three strikes and you are out for the young man?

9 - OL Mike McAllister is the only rookie offensive lineman on this list who is returning in 2024 who did not secure a spot on the 53-man Rams roster. But do not let his undrafted origins fool you. This 6-foot-2 305-pound rookie offensive lineman was oh-so-close to making the Rams roster in 2023, and will undoubtedly be one of the front runners to do so in 2024.

Many believe that the Rams must re-sign IOL Kevin Dotson, The problem is, the Rams have frequently failed to extend a veteran offensive guard. The Rams allowed former Pro Bowl OG Roger Saffold to test his value in free agency. The Rams allowed former stalwart OG Austin Corbett to test his value in free agency. Will the Rams treat Dotson any differently?

If the Rams opt to allow Dotson to walk, McAllister is a known offensive lineman who can open the 2024 NFL season by competing for the starting right guard role right out of the gates. With the Rams looking at a limited number of potential awarded compensatory picks for the 2025 NFL Draft, I recommend keeping McAllister on your radar.

10 - OL Zach Thomas is coming back for his third NFL season with the LA Rams, and much like Logan Bruss, 2024 may be his make or break season. He is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle for the LA Rams who saw limited action this season. In just two games, Thomas played 35 offensive snaps and nine special teams snaps. Unfortunately, his performance was not superb, as he surrendered two quarterback sacks and was called for one offensive penalty. Still, that is NFL playing experience that he can learn from, and many veteran offensive linemen in the NFL struggle in their first game or two.