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As the preseason comes to a close, “Cut Day” looms large on players’ calendars. For most of those on the 53-man Rams final roster, this day serves to mark the beginning of the real work — the regular season. For some of the 53, this day marks the biggest achievement in their lives thus far as they realize their childhood dreams. For 10 of the remaining players, this day serves as a consolation prize. Meanwhile, for the remaining players, this day could mean the end of a career. Here is a full roster prediction for the final Rams roster for 2019.

53-Man Rams Final Roster Prediction

Quarterbacks

This is arguably the easiest position for the Rams to hammer down this season. Specifically, the expectation is that the Rams will have Jared Goff and Blake Bortles as their only two quarterbacks. With the roster as full of talent as it is, having a third quarterback would simply be an ineffective use of resources considering that if the Rams did ever need to go to a third quarterback, the season would be essentially over in that instant anyway. 

QB1: Jared Goff

QB2: Blake Bortles

Wide Receiver

Even before the first practice, the Rams knew they were going to have Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Josh Reynolds on the team. Besides them, the rest of the spots would be up for grabs. Behind the locks should be JoJo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, and newcomer Nsimba Webster. Webster and Natson double as returners. Natson seems to be the lead returner while Webster could serve as a backup plan should anything happen to Natson. He also serves as a wildcard with great upside should his name get called as a receiver. In total, the Rams are poised to keep seven receivers.

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7WR: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, JoJo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, Nsimba Webster.

Running Back

The running backs should be as follows:

Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, and John Kelly.

With the new addition of Henderson, it seems that Justin Davis no longer fits in with this dense running back group. As with many teams, the Rams are expected to stick to four running backs. 

Tight End

It is quite likely that the Rams will only keep three tight ends:

Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, and Johnny Mundt.

While the decision to keep only three tight ends seems light, the talent pool isn’t deep enough to warrant an extra roster spot. If one of these three players were to suffer an injury, the Rams would be able to pick up a guy off the street with similar abilities to those who were let go at the end of the preseason. 

Offensive Line

Interestingly, the Rams are seemingly poised to keep more offensive linemen than receivers this year due to the injury to Aaron Neary. Going into the regular season, the line is likely to consist of:

Andrew Whitworth, Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen, Austin Blythe, Rob Havenstein, David Edwards, Jamil Demby, and Bobby Evans.

If one were to do the math, then they would notice that the team isn’t expected to have a backup for each of the line positions. This is due to the reasoning that the Rams will likely plug-and-play backups wherever the injury occurs on the line. Of course, if the Rams were to suffer more than three injuries on the line, they would need to lean on the practice squad or free agency. However, the odds of that happening are in favor of the Rams. 

Defensive Line

Unless carefully accounted for in advance, the defensive line can easily throw a wrench into any roster. This year, the Rams are in a position to keep seven players.

Those players are Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Aaron Donald, John Franklin-Meyers, Greg Gaines, Tanzel Smart, and Morgan Fox.

Similar to the plan with the offensive line, backups should be able to bounce around between defensive end and defensive tackle positions as needed. Parenthetically, when building the final roster, Tanzel Smart fit into place as the last player added to the team.

Outside Linebacker

Outside linebacker seems to be one of the easier positions to fill this season for the Rams.

This year, the group is shaping up to house Clay Matthews, Dante Fowler, Samson Ebukam, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.

Matthews, Fowler, and Ebukam are established veterans with Okoronkwo coming in as a wild card. Ideally, Ebukam would serve as the backup to both Fowler and Matthews and Okoronkwo would act as Ebukam’s backup.

Inside Linebacker

Cory Littleton, Bryce Hager, Travin Howard, and Dakota Allen are expected to be the bread and butter of the Rams inside linebackers this year.

Hager essentially won the starting job by default due to the injury to Micah Kiser, leading many Rams fans to watch Hager with intensity. Had Kiser survived the preseason intact, either Howard or Allen likely would not have made the final team. Considering the way this group is built, it seems that both Hager and Littleton have a dedicated backup should one miss time. 

Cornerback

As the “yin” to the wide receiver’s “yang,” the Rams are also in a position to keep seven cornerbacks. The top four positions were pretty much set in stone coming into 2019:

Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill.

Aside from them, the remaining spots were quite flexible. Ultimately, the Rams are expected to keep David Long, Kevin Peterson, and Darious Williams as their last three cornerbacks.

Long is a shiny new third-round pick, Peterson picked two balls in three games during the preseason, and Williams appears to have the strongest preseason stat line out of the remaining competition. 

Safety

One of the easiest positions to narrow down this year, John Johnson and Eric Weddle are expected to start at strong safety and free safety while Taylor Rapp and Marqui Christian line up behind them.

As a brand-new second-round pick, Rapp is poised to be a great depth piece that will likely eventually take over for Eric Weddle. As such, Rapp will be the backup for both Johnson and Weddle in an effort to get him as much as experience as possible before the changing of the guard actually occurs.

Special Teams

Kicker: Greg Zuerlein

Punter: Johnny Hekker

Long Snapper: Jake McQuaide

Ian Van Roy

Author Ian Van Roy

Ian is a hardcore Denver Broncos fan. He spends his Sundays watching the games and follows the team closely. If Pro Football is on, he is watching it.

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