Deadline Looming: Final LA Rams 53-Man Roster Projection

Ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, breaks down our final 53-man roster projection

The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up their preseason slate on Saturday night, falling 16-7 in a Super Bowl LVI ‘rematch’ against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Now, the Rams turn the page towards the regular season, with their primary focus now sitting on narrowing down the roster to the maximum number of 53 by Tuesday’s deadline. 

Did Lance McCutcheon and Bryce Perkins earn a spot with their preseason heroics? Who earns the spot left open after the injury to Logan Bruss? How many defensive backs will the Rams carry?

Ram Digest answers all these questions and more in our final 53-man roster projection below: 

QUARTERBACK (3): Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, Bryce Perkins

In the event of a Stafford injury, Wolford would be able to fill in decently due to his familiarity with McVay and the system, but the drop-off would be significant. Should that happen, Perkins could also have a chance to compete for starting reps.

Perkins was one of the stars of the preseason for the Rams and has earned a spot. If the Rams don’t add him to the Roster, he could very well get snatched up by another team. 

RUNNING BACK (4): Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr., Kyren Williams (R), Jake Funk

It’ll still be a slight committee approach at running back for McVay, with Akers serving as the 1A coming off a season that saw him return from injury and Henderson Jr. as 1B after his productive campaign last year.

Williams is still recovering from foot surgery as he enters his rookie year, but should see ample playing time at some point based on the injury nature of the running back position.

WIDE RECEIVER (8): Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson II, Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek, Brandon Powell, Lance McCutcheon, Jacob Harris

Adding Robinson to the fold makes this one of the league’s best receiving rooms, even without the potential re-signing of Odell Beckham Jr., who likely wouldn’t be able to return till mid-season anyway.

The speedy special-teamer Atwell should see an increased role in the offense after failing to record a catch in 2021, while Skowronek looks to provide the same important depth that he brought at key times last season.

As for McCutcheon, he has earned a spot on the 53 after being arguably the best-performing wide receiver in the preseason in the entire NFL.

TIGHT END (2): Tyler Higbee, Brycen Hopkins

No real change here. All three tight ends proved valuable last season, but Higbee will reclaim his role as TE1 this fall after being absent for the Super Bowl. Even in the case of another injury, McVay should sleep well at night knowing he’s got a solid group of tight ends.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8): Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen, David Edwards, Coleman Shelton, Rob Havenstein, AJ Jackson, Tremayne Anchrum, AJ Arcuri

Even with the loss of Andrew Whitworth and Austin Corbett, the Rams still have talent at o-line, though there’s still much to prove.

The veteran experience of Havenstein will give Stafford some security, while the Rams hope that Noteboom will be the star of the o-line as he replaces Whitworth’s spot at left tackle.

The Rams’ first draft pick in April was used on the rookie Bruss, who was set to be a starter in year one with the versatility to move around if needed. With his injury, that has now changed.

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DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Greg Gaines, A’Shawn Robinson, Aaron Donald, Marquise Copeland, Jonah Williams, Michael Hoecht

The Rams have a solid returning core with the exception of Sebastian Joseph-Day. Gaines and Robinson will look to wreak havoc while Donald commands double teams (which he is certainly capable of beating anyways).

The talented d-line will be the forefront leader of the Rams’ attempt at repeating 50 sacks from a season ago, which was third-most in the league. Much of this production will come from the edge as well.

Before his suspension, Bobby Brown would have been in. For now, that spot goes elsewhere – at least until he returns.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (5): Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett, Daniel Hardy (R)

Floyd is likely to contend with Donald for the team lead in sacks. Hollins and Lewis won’t fill the talent void left by Von Miller, but the five sacks combined between the two is a healthy number that can be built upon.

The Rams still won’t know what they have in the rookie Hardy. His addition to the final roster would be an interesting one, though it remains to seen what LA chooses to do here.

INSIDE LINEBACKER (3): Bobby Wagner, Ernest Jones, Christian Rozeboom

Signing Wagner was arguably one of the best additions in the league this offseason. Alongside Wagner, Jones has begun to take a step forward. They could have a good rotation here. 

CORNERBACK (6): Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, Derion Kendrick (R), Decobie Durant (R), David Long Jr., Robert Rochell

The Rams used the draft to provide a substantial boost to the secondary, which was arguably the weakest unit last season. Using draft stock on rookies Durant and Kendrick to learn under Ramsey and the returning presence of Hill. LA’s secondary was on the verge of being in the bottom third of the league statistically last season, allowing the 11th-most passing yards (241.7) per game.

SAFETY (5): Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott, Taylor Rapp, Russ Yeast, Terrell Burgess

The backline of the secondary is promising with Fuller, LA’s 2021 leading tackler (113) and Scott, who came up with some timely interceptions last season.

Rapp also tied Ramsey for the team lead with four picks. Lake, the third rookie in the secondary, is another promising piece that has tons of experience in front of him to learn from.

SPECIALISTS (3): Kicker: Matt Gay, Punter: Riley Dixon, Long Snapper: Matthew Orz

Parting with longtime punter Johnny Hekker definitely stings from a trick-play excitement standpoint, but the Rams now have a few options to choose from at that position.

Gay missed just four fields all of last season, including the playoffs, and was reliable when the Rams needed him most. It doesn’t take much for kickers to lose their starting job, but Gay’s is secure as of now. 

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