Monday, August 29, 2011

Predicting the St. Louis Rams Final 53-Man Roster

All NFL teams are required to cut their rosters down to 80 players by August 30th and the final 53-man rosters will
need to be set by September 3rd.

The St. Louis Rams have produced several intense training camp battles, with the battle among the wide receivers being the most publicized, but unfortunately they won't be able to keep everyone.

In recent years, the Rams have had many late round picks and undrafted rookies make the roster, so final cuts have not produced any real bombshells. The players that have been cut in previous seasons were typically players who were never expected to make the team to begin with.

However, now that the Rams are much deeper into their rebuilding plan that began in 2009, there will likely be more talented players that are sent packing, perhaps even some players that the fans are attached to.
So here is a prediction for the Rams final roster in 2011...

*Indicates a player who is sent to the practice squad after clearing waivers.

Quarterback (Two)

1. Sam Bradford
2. A.J. Feeley

Cut: Thaddeus Lewis

Running Back (Four)

1. Steven Jackson
2. Cadillac Williams
3. Jerious Norwood
4. Brit Miller (Fullback)

Cut: Keith Toston, Chase Reynolds

Wide Receiver (Seven)

1. Danny Amendola
2. Mike Sims-Walker
3. Brandon Gibson

4. Donnie Avery
5. Mardy Gilyard
6. Greg Salas
7. Austin Pettis

Cut: Danario Alexander*, Dominique Curry*, Greg Matthews

Tight End (Three)

1. Lance Kendricks
2. Billy Bajema
3. Michael Hoomanawanui

Cut: Fendi Onobun*, DeMarco Cosby, Ben Guidugli*

Offensive Line (Nine)

1. Rodger Saffold
2. Jacob Bell
3. Jason Brown

4. Harvey Dahl
5. Jason Smith
6. Renardo Foster
7. Adam Goldberg
8. Quinn Ojinnaka
9. Drew Miller

Cut: Hank Fraley, Cody Habben, Ryan McKee, Randall Hunt*, Kevin Hughes

Defensive Line (Nine)

1. Chris Long
2. Robert Quinn
3. James Hall
4. Eugene Sims
5. George Selvie
6. Fred Robbins

7. Justin Bannan
8. Daniel Muir
9. Gary Gibson

Cut: Darrel Scott, C.J. Ah You, Jermelle Cudjo, John Henderson, Damario Ambrose

Linebacker (Seven)

1. James Laurinaitis
2. Ben Leber
3. Brady Poppinga
4. Bryan Kehl
5. Chris Chamberlain
6. Jabara Williams
7. Josh Hull

Cut: Na'il Diggs, Zac Diles, Pete Fleps

Defensive Back (Nine)

1. Ron Bartell
2. Bradley Fletcher
3. Al Harris
4. Justin King
5. Quintin Mikell
6. Craig Dahl
7. Darian Stewart
8. Jermale Hines
9. Jonathan Nelson

Cut: James Butler, Mikail Baker*, Marquis Johnson, Dionte Dinkins*, Tim Atchison, Jeremy McGee, Tae Evans, John Dempsey, Jerome Murphy (Injury Reserve)

Note: Marquis Johnson is currently on the PUP list (Physically unable to perform), which means he is not practicing with the team and will automatically miss at least six games. Depending on his health, it is possible he will be handed a roster spot.

Also, rookie Dionte Dinkins suffered a high ankle sprain, which hurts the chances of the team using a roster spot on him, but they will likely find a way to keep him around. 

Special Teams (Three)

1. Josh Brown
2. Donnie Jones
3. Jacob McQuaide (Long Snapper)

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