Today marks the final trimming down of NFL preseason rosters to the standard 53-man set. With about seven hours to go before the deadline, LARams.net takes stock of the rumors and/or logical deductions proliferating on the interwebs recently.
• St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Jim Thomas learned that, despite playing some 51 snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Rams’ final preseason game, OG Brandon Washington will be cut. We can imply, then, that none of the others who played as much or more in the Chiefs game – OLB Bryce Hager, OLB Cameron Lynch, DT Louis Trinca-Pasat and OG Cody Wichmann – are shoo-ins, either, then.
• Speaking of Trinca-Pasat, it’s the former University of Iowa Hawkeye versus Ethan Westbrooks for the last of eight defensive line spots – but both may be irrelevant should the Rams have sights set on recent Cleveland Browns release Phil Taylor. Arch Authority makes the case for both scenarios effectively, pointing out that Trinca-Pasat has minimum 10 pounds on Westbrooks – all the better to play nose tackle in the Rams’ 3-4. Resignedly, however, writer Patrick Karraker reckons that Westbrooks lands the last spot and Trinca-Pasat’ll play on the practice squad in 2015.
• Cody Davis, on Rams special teams units the past two seasons, is a 99% lock to make the 53-man roster – with or without the pick-six in the Kansas City game – but could be moving up to see more playing time on defense in 2015.
• At center, Tim Barnes has been penciled in as the starter since preseason began but hasn’t exactly impressed. Demetrius Rhaney seems like a lock, with his play at left guard in the Colts game indicative that he’s got the required positional flexibility to stick around. According to ESPN.com, Barrett Jones is the question here…
• Elsewhere on the offensive line, we’ve not seen many known quantities to help improve the weakest part of the Rams’ game but, uh, hey, at least they’ll have bodies to spare. Jones may ultimately get off the bubble and onto the roster “thanks” to Andrew Donnal’s potentially season-ending wrist injury. The playing time given to supplementally drafted Isaiah Battle in the past couple of games (plus the paucity of talent generally available here) implies that he’ll stick around as well.
For the offensive line beyond center, then, we can expect Donnal, Battle, Darrell Williams, Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein – a bunch that may not yet be All-Pro talent, but boy, are they
– written by Os Davis