NFL training camps started with 90 men on the roster. Monday we saw it shrink to 75 and by Friday teams were required to trim it down to 53. 2, 880 to 2,400 to a final 1,696. 1,184 (704 this week alone) players lost their jobs by the time it was all said and done.
I had my personal favorites going into camp. Some made it, some were not so fortunate. I wasn’t expecting any big surprises but with most things in life there’s always a few that come along on any given day.
The most shocking was quarterback Kellen Clemens‘ release. WOW. I was hoping the Rams would keep Davis. After what happened last season I felt they should be carrying three quarterbacks. What I wasn’t prepared for was Davis being the immediate back up to Sam Bradford.
We saw a tweet earlier in the day from Blake Anderson. He was rookie quarterback Austin Davis‘ college offensive coordinator at Southern Miss. So we had a heads up.
Another twist was the release of free agent full back Ovie Mughelli. I thought the Rams would carry two full backs with the emphasis being put on the running game.
A preface from the Rams’ website before making judgments about the cut down roster:
It needs to be mentioned again and this can’t be emphasized enough but this is by no means a hard and fast final roster. Fisher and GM Les Snead and their crew will be looking at everyone who hits the waiver wire in search of potential upgrades. We’ll have a much better idea of the 53 the Rams want to go into the regular season with come next Wednesday.
So with that in mind here are you most current 53 players remaining on the roster according to STLouisRams.com.
QB (2): Sam Bradford, Austin Davis
RB (4): Steven Jackson, Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson, Brit Miller
WR (6)*: Danny Amendola, Steve Smith, Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Greg Salas
TE (4): Lance Kendricks, Matthew Mulligan, Michael Hoomanawanui, Mike McNeill
OL (8): Scott Wells, Harvey Dahl, Rodger Saffold, Barry Richardson, Quinn Ojinnaka, Robert Turner, Rokevious Watkins, Wayne Hunter
DE (4): Chris Long, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, Eugene Sims
DT (5): Kendall Langford, Michael Brockers, Jermelle Cudjo, Matt Conrath, Darell Scott
LB (6): James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Mario Haggan, Rocky McIntosh, Josh Hull, Justin Cole
CB (6): Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Jerome Murphy, Bradley Fletcher, Quinton Pointer
S (5): Quintin Mikell, Craig Dahl, Darian Stewart, Rodney McLeod, Matt Daniels
Special Teams (3)
K: Greg Zuerlein
P: Johnny Hekker
LS: Jake McQuaide
* WR Austin Pettis is serving out the last two games of his four-game suspension. Pettis is eligible to return for week 3. He is listed on the Reserve/Suspended list and will not count against the 53-man roster.
BOLD denotes 2012 undrafted rookie free agents. Good for them!
Teams can begin to put their practice squad together at 11:00 a.m. CT.