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    Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    Both Westbrooks and Sam have looked as good or better than anyone could have hoped. Can we keep 10 defensive linemen realistically? Tough question, especially since there is no real evidence at this point that either Sam or Westbrooks can play special teams.

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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    Quinn
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    Brockers
    Langfor
    Sims
    Hayes
    Donald
    Carrington
    Westbrook
    Sam

    That's one more than we carried last year and you have to think with the way they played so far Sam and Westbrook won't clear waivers to get put on the PS. If we're going to keep 10 where is that spot going to be cut from? Our secondary is young and took a hit today with Tru getting carted off. We don't have much quality depth on the OL. Finding the other roster spot is going to be very tough. Personally I think they try to trade Sims or Hayes. As Tampa and I talked about in chat Sims is the likely target the Rams want to move but Hayes will get more in return in a trade. I'm thinking Sims is gone and we keep 9.

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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    Trade is an interesting possibility, but neither Westbrooks nor Sam has done a thing on an nfl field yet and Simms is a really good player. I guess it depends on what you could get for him.

    I think the roster spot would have to come from one of the linebackers. Another interesting roster issue of course depends on sammy, because if he is ok, i think we only keep 2 qb's. We have one extra spot to play with for 4 weeks because bailey is out, and maybe we keep one less receiver.

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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    I would say no. With Tru going down (and probably for the year), I would carry an extra DB. Jenkins, McGee, Joyner, Roberson, Gaines, and potentially even Greg Reid or Darren Woodard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    I would say no. With Tru going down (and probably for the year), I would carry an extra DB. Jenkins, McGee, Joyner, Roberson, Gaines, and potentially even Greg Reid or Darren Woodard.
    How has Reid done so far this preseason?

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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce4life View Post
    How has Reid done so far this preseason?
    He struggled in week 2 in coverage. He's done well though on his limited return chances. Last night I didn't see any coverage lapses from him and he had 2 or 3 solo tackles. I'm not sure why Fisher isn't giving him the kick return duties. We really don't have any good options there.

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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce4life View Post
    How has Reid done so far this preseason?
    Hasn't really stood out, but it's clear to me that he's a CB who LOVES to hit and get his nose dirty in the run game. He's a less talented LaMarcus Joyner.


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    Re: Realistically, can we keep 10 defensive linemen?

    I think we see less linebackers make the team than in previous years. It's a position that is falling out of favour in the NFL, with the nickel back becoming a more popular and important player.
    Two clear cut starters at LB in Laurinaitis and Ogletree. Dunbar as the third LB. Ray Ray is the next best but would be set for back up duties and specials. The you have guys like Bates and Steward, but only one of them may be kept.

    Then we would only have four at safety, maybe a group of TJ McDonald, Rodney McLeod, Mo Alexander and maybe Cody Davies?

    That would allow extra space at DB and DL, especially if the players make special teams contributions.

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