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    Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Auusming the Rams keep seven Linebacker's. Which of these nine players has the best chance of making the final roster cut?

    James Laurinaitis
    Brady Poppinga
    Ben Leber
    Zac Diles
    Chris Chamberlain
    Jabara Williams
    Brian Kehl
    Na'il Diggs.
    Josh Hull.
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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    This is a really tough question for me since most of the talent (other than James Laurinaits) seems to be fairly even. I know there's still one game left and someone could separate themself from the rest of the pack, but I honestly can't decide if the talent is really that even, or if I'm having such a hard time deciding who will stick since the play of the LB core was so different in the first two preseason games. If I had to choose today I would have to drop Diggs and Kehl, but I'm not very confident about that to be honest. What are you guys seeing?
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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    J.Lau, Leber & Poppinga Are my guess to be the starters. Diles, Chamberlain and Williams are probably safe, Kehl rounding out the top 7

    I'd Pick Diggs and Hull not to make the cut.

    EDIT: also there's a guy "Pete Fleps" on the Roster, was he an undrafted F.A?
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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    I think Hull has to be on the bubble, but I think he's the only back up MLB, so I think that might save him?

    Completely forgot about Pete, it's pretty easy to do since I can't even recall seeing him play. But, yes he's an UFA.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    James Laurinaitis
    Brady Poppinga
    Ben Leber
    Zac Diles
    Chris Chamberlain
    Brian Kehl
    Josh Hull

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    James Laurinaitis
    Brady Poppinga
    Ben Leber
    Zac Diles
    Chris Chamberlain
    Brian Kehl
    Josh Hull
    I'd agree with that list, but I'd add that Williams will likely end up on the practice squad.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhal5569 View Post
    I think Hull has to be on the bubble, but I think he's the only back up MLB, so I think that might save him?
    Thought Leber might back up the MLB and Diles can move to the Outside starting role.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I'd agree with that list, but I'd add that Williams will likely end up on the practice squad.
    Good point, I think he's a great candidate for the practice squad.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    James Laurinaitis
    Brady Poppinga
    Ben Leber
    Zac Diles
    Chris Chamberlain
    Brian Kehl
    Jabara Williams

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    No one thinks we can hide Williams on the PC he has too much good film, he is on the 53.

    I bet we cut Diles, he hasn't shown anything this season.

    I would drop Kehl and Chamberlain but my money says we keep one of those two

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    I wouldn't be opposed to dropping Kehl. To be fair, I don't think he's played bad. However, I really like the skills that Diles and Poppinga bring to the table. Also, Jabara needs to stay. He's really impressed me this preseason.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Poppinga is a pleasant surprise. His attitude paired with his skill can really improve this LB corps. Leber is also another great addition. I was pleased with the Diles signing, though he hasn't had much of a chance to showcase himself. Chamberlain is a lock because of his ST play which is incredible. Williams is also very intruiging. Good ST player and is looking good on the D part too. Gonna be some good competition.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikhal5569 View Post
    Which of these nine players has the best chance of making the final roster cut?
    James Laurinaitis
    He is the only linebacker on the roster who's position is 100% guaranteed

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    Can't add any new twist to the list but I will say that having suffered through average to horrible LB corps over past few years, it does appear we may have upgraded here. It would be nice to have LB's that our opponents had to take into serious account when scouting the Rams.

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    Re: Which LB's Will Make The Team?

    To be honest, this is quite a nice problem to have in a way. While it is a struggle to choose who to keep, the overall talent level at OLB has increased significantly since last season. While i was sad to see Vobora go, as he was a very solid player, bringing in guys like Leber, Poppinga and Diles really has improved the position. The signings of Poppinga (got to love the aggression he plays with) and Leber has meant that Diles has hardly got a look in so far. Leber played weak side in Minnesota so we could easily end up with starting LBs of Laurinaitis, Poppinga and Leber.

    Diles could even get cut before the start of the year. He is only on a one year contract after all, and it may be better to keep someone like Williams who is young and shown some good stuff in preseason, and Chamberlain who has great special teams ability

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