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  • Predicting the Rams 53-Man Roster

    With training camp less than two weeks away, I took a stab at predicting what I think will end up being the Rams' 53-man roster...

    OFFENSE - 24
    QB (3): Goff, Bortles, Allen
    RB (3): Gurley, Brown, Henderson
    WR (6): Cooks. Woods, Kupp, Reynolds, Natson, Hodge
    TE (3): Everett, Higbee, Mundt
    OL (9): Whitworth, Noteboom, Allen, Blythe, Havenstein, Evans, Neary, Demby, Edwards

    DEFENSE - 26
    DL (7): Donald, Gaines, Brockers, Smart, Franklin-Myers, Joseph-Day, Fox
    LB (9): Fowler, Littleton, Kiser, Ebukam, Matthews, Allen, Lawler, Okoronkwo, Hager
    CB (6): Peters, Talib, Robey-Coleman, Hill, Long, Scott
    S (4): Johnson, Weddle, Rapp, Christian

    K: Zuerlein
    P: Hekker
    LS: McQuaide
    Thoughts? What does your own prediction look like?

  • #2
    July 17, 2019

    Might as well make that updated roster of 53 official!


    • #3
      I like it. Why 3 TE's though?


      • #4
        We think alike, however, I disagree on the rb's.... I think they keep 4 in the stalls like last year. My bet is Kelly beats out Davis for the 4th spot, and Neary is the casualty on OL to make the space.
        Last edited by KoaKoi; -07-17-2019, 11:09 AM. Reason: grammar fix


        • #5
          Originally posted by Bltkmt View Post
          I like it. Why 3 TE's though?

          Glad to see Higbee stays put on this list.


          • #6
            Originally posted by bltkmt View Post
            I like it. Why 3 TE's though?
            Special teams; he was active a majority of games last year on those units.

            Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post
            We think alike, however, I disagree on the rb's.... I think they keep 4 in the stalls like last year. My bet is Kelly beats out Davis for the 4th spot, and Neary is the casualty on OL to make the space.
            Yeah, I wanted to work a fourth running back onto the active list. I could see the Rams dropping an OL or even Allen from the active roster to make it work, giving them more bodies to keep Gurley fresh. Neary or Demby could be odd men out in that scenario.


            • #7

              From 'RAMS DOWNTOWN'
              By Jake Ellenbogen
              July 22, 2019 a.m.


              Los Angeles Rams:
              2019 53-Man Roster Prediction

              One of the most exciting things for the fans is the finalization of the 53-man roster. You see as NFL teams spend countless hours in between training camp, OTAs and the preseason, then you see the product of all that time spent. In this piece, I take my first stab at a 53-man roster prediction for the Rams. Letís get started.

              Quarterbacks (2): Jared Goff & Blake Bortles

              The Rams could easily go with two quarterbacks but I think they are going to fall in love with John Wolford come preseason and keep him on the roster. Jared Goff is the obvious lock as the starting quarterback and Blake Bortles arguably is the most valuable backup quarterback in the league after signing just a $1 million deal. Heís probably one of the best backups in the league with plenty of starting experience. After those two, Brandon Allen and Wolford are the guys left. I think while Allen has spent more time in the Rams organization than Wolford, his age and lack of upside will be his downfall. The Rams would decide to hang onto Wolford due to the fact he made enough of a name for himself in the AAF and that the team doesnít believe he would clear waivers. Which he wonít when the Rams do in fact make the tough decision to cut him.

              Cut: John Wolford, Brandon Allen

              Running backs (4): Todd Gurley, Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown & Matt Colburn

              The big three of Todd Gurley, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown are guarantees to make the squad. After that, you have a serious battle between 2017 undrafted free agent Justin Davis, 2018 sixth-round pick John Kelly and the lone 2019 undrafted rookie running back Matt Colburn. This should be a tough battle for the fourth spot. When you look at Davis, heís probably the favorite seeing as heís never missed the roster since entering the league in 2017. Of course, you could make the argument for John Kelly as heís a sixth-round pick from last year that had a great preseason for the Rams. However, those two guys, in my opinion, arenít as appealing as Matt Colburn. Colburn is a back out of Wake Forest that really displayed that next level burst that Kelly simply doesnít have. Not to mention, Colburn showed better ball-carrier vision on film than Davis. At the end of the day, special teams will ultimately decide this last spot, I believe Colburn shocks everyone and nabs that fourth and final spot while Kelly makes it to the Rams practice squad.

              Cut: Justin Davis, John Kelly (Practice Squad)

              Wide receivers (6): Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, KhaDarel Hodge, Alex Bachman

              Due to the overall depth of the Rams top four receivers, they wonít have to keep more than six receivers on the roster. Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are starters heading into 2019 while last yearís breath of fresh air Josh Reynolds is a lock even as the fourth guy. Reynolds despite being fourth on the depth chart, should still be a decent part of the offense. After him, you have last yearís undrafted rookie KhaDarel Hodge, who I believe will be making another appearance on the Rams roster again. Hodge brings his special teams prowess to the table as well as his underrated receiving ability. After Hodge, that leaves one spot remaining which many believe will go to return man JoJo Natson.

              As far as the last spot goes, itís between Natson, Mike Thomas, Jalen Greene, Nsimba Webster, Alex Bachman, Austin Proehl and Johnathan Lloyd. Natson offers very little in the receiving game but is a solid returner. I, however, decided to cut it down to Webster and Bachman that offer more in the receiving game and just as much as returners. In the end, I think the Rams take Bachman and send Webster onto their practice squad. Bachmanís addition makes it three Wake Forest former players including Colburn and Wolford on the roster.

              Cut: Nsimba Webster (Practice Squad), JoJo Natson, Mike Thomas, Jalen Greene, Austin Proehl, Johnathan Lloyd

              Tight ends (3): Gerald Everett, Tyler Higbee & Keenen Brown

              Once again, more locks await in the form of Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. Everett is expected to take the next step in year three while Higbeeís improvement as a blocker makes it more likely the Rams can keep however they want on the roster. Thatís really what opens up the game here, Higbeeís emergence as a blocker means the Rams donít need to go out and find a blocking specialized tight end. That brings us to the next group of guys that are vying for the final roster spot. In my mind the Rams once again keeping three tight ends so in that sense itís between Johnny Mundt, Keenen Brown, Romello Brooker and Kendall Blanton.

              Three undrafted rookies and Mundt will all be battling for the role. Mundt was a talented but often injured player out of Oregon and was a surprise roster member after winning a job last year. This year, however, all three of the rookies the Rams added are likely more talented and less injury-prone than Mundt. While Mundt has the experience, the upside of someone like Houstonís Romello Brooker or Texas Stateís Keenen Brown is more valuable. Blanton has the perfect type of build but struggles mightily as an inline blocking tight end and doesnít have the athleticism Brown and Brooker possess. That narrows it down to Brooker and Brown for the final spot on the roster. Brown is a former receiver that stands at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds while Brooker stands at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. Itís practically neck and neck but Brownís ability to run after the catch has me believing that will be the nod over Brooker.

              Cut: Romello Brooker (Practice Squad), Kendall Blanton, Johnny Mundt

              Offensive tackles (4): Andrew Whitworth, Rob Havenstein, David Edwards, Bobby Evans

              Rams have two guaranteed starters once again in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein. After that, the two draft picks Bobby Evans and David Andrews make up the tackle position. All four of these names are locks and that was especially confirmed when Edwards was spotted taking first-team reps at left tackle. Unfortunately, the two undrafted rookie tackles Matt Kaskey from the Ivy league and Villanovaís Brandon Hitner are just not in ideal positions to break through and beat any of these four out. They will, however, receive opportunities to win a spot inside at guard. If Hitner or Kaskey do well enough they could be on the bubble to receive a spot on the practice squad or they might just stay on ďspeed dialĒ until anything comes up or they donít have a team by the start of the 2020 season.

              Cut: Matt Kaskey, Brandon Hitner

              Offensive guards (3): Joe Noteboom, Austin Blythe & Jamil Demby

              There isnít much likely to change here. Joe Noteboom and Austin Blythe are the projected left and right guards respectively. Jamil Demby is the next guy in line after he was brought back following his short hiatus with the Detroit Lions. The Rams will have plenty of work for Demby if they suffer any injuries. Demby has reportedly played all five positions in OTAs. That versatility makes him a likely lock as well. That would leave the Rams with seven total offensive linemen on the roster so even with aforementioned Hitner, Kaskey and Chandler Brewer left. There isnít another spot in my mind remaining at this time. Brewer would, however, receive the practice squad nod.

              Cut: Chandler Brewer (Practice Squad), Matt Kaskey, Brandon Hitner

              Centers (2): Brian Allen & Jeremiah Kolone

              Brian Allen is once again, another lock to make the roster but out of the other two in last yearís camp offensive lineman Jeremiah Kolone and undrafted rookie Vitas Hrynkiewicz, who snags the final spot? What is crazy is that the Rams, if they wanted to, could decide to keep one true center while using former center Austin Blythe and versatile Jamil Demby to fill in if need be. What would you do with Blythe? You have two rookies in Edwards and Evans that could fill that void if needed. Itís not the most ideal idea but it is an idea the Rams could consider.

              The way it will likely unfold is with former AAF standout offensive lineman Jeremiah Kolone making the roster of Hrynkiewicz, who would likely head to the practice squad. Koloneís experience in the AAF is going to be a big factor in him making this roster.

              Cut: Vitas Hrynkiewicz (Practice Squad)

              Defensive linemen (7): Aaaron Donald, Michael Brockers, John Franklin-Myers, Greg Gaines, Morgan Fox, Sebastian Joseph-Day & Boogie Roberts

              Aaron Donald is the best player in the NFL, Michael Brockers is loved by the Rams front office, John Franklin-Myers was the Rams rookie of the year last year and Greg Gaines was drafted in the fourth round this year. Those guys will absolutely make the roster. After that, no one is a lock but Iíd wager that Morgan Fox, as long as he stays healthy this year will make the roster. After Fox, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Boogie Roberts, Bryant Jones and Marquise Copeland will likely battle for one or maybe two spots. Last yearís seventh-rounder Joseph-Day will likely be next in line and then it becomes a battle between the three undrafted rookies. Boogie Roberts provides a lot more disruption as a pass rusher than the other two and so itís safe to believe if the Rams keep seven Roberts will get the nod. Tanzel Smart is a former draft pick that just simply hasnít shown enough to remain on the roster further.

              Cut: Marquise Copeland (Practice Squad), Tanzel Smart, Bryant Jones

              Outside linebackers (5): Dante Fowler Jr., Clay Matthews, Samson Ebukam, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Landis Durham

              There are three guys chosen out of this crop that are locks: Dante Fowler Jr., Samson Ebukam and newly-signed Clay Matthews. After those, itís going to be a dogfight. You have three 2018 draft picks: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Trevon Young and Justin Lawler. You also have two 2019 undrafted rookies in Landis Durham, Ketner Kupp and a 2019 free agent signing Josh Carraway.

              Among the guys remaining one can expect Okoronkwo, who has the high upside to remain with the Rams. That leaves one more pick which Iíll lean Landis Durham, the UDFA out of Texas A&M. Carraway is an intriguing option seeing as heís a talented pass rusher who may have just needed a change of scenery. Trevon Young could easily be a practice squad option but Durham gets the surprising nod in this prediction.

              Cut: Trevon Young, Josh Carraway, Justin Lawler, Ketner Kupp

              Inside linebackers (5): Cory Littleton, Micah Kiser, Bryce Hager, Dakota Allen & Natrez Patrick

              The lock at starter Cory Littleton signed a one-year deal with the Rams to remain the teamís starting inside backer. Micah Kiser, a 2018 fifth-round pick is looking to solidify his slot as the starting linebacker next to Littleton. Bryce Hager is a veteran presence that has had a great run with this team, if it ends with the Rams one should doubt Hagerís time would end in the way of a roster cut. Seventh-round pick Dakota Allen is my favorite to capture the starting role next to Littleton and thatís only if heís given a fair chance to. One of the best stories coming out of the 2019 NFL Draft, Natrez Patrick makes the roster over the likes of fellow undrafted rookie Troy Reeder and last yearís draft pick Travin Howard. Both will likely have an opportunity to make the practice squad.

              Cut: Travin Howard (Practice Squad), Troy Reeder

              Cornerbacks (5): Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Troy Hill & David Long

              This is the easiest unit to predict, unfortunately. The reason being is that Marcus Peters is a lock, Aqib Talib is a lock, Nickell Robey-Coleman is a lock, Troy Hill was just signed to a two-year deal that would give the Rams a decent cap hit if they cut him. Lastly, the third-round pick David Long is a lock. The question remains whether or not the Rams will take six corners into battle and the answer would be a resounding no. While Kevin Peterson might very well be the next best option, Dominique Hatfield might have the experience, Darious Williams might have upside and Donte Deayon might be turning heads in camp. The Rams simply do not have enough spots available to keep six cornerbacks. Darious Williams seems like the most logical fit to go on the practice squad. Unfortunately, for everyone else, this is probably it with the Rams.

              Cut: Darious Williams (Practice Squad), Kevin Peterson, Dominique Hatfield, Donte Deayon

              Safeties (4): Eric Weddle, John Johnson III, Taylor Rapp, Marqui Christian

              The roster really starts to get tough to narrow down once you get to the secondary. You saw how many talented corners had to be bypassed and this position is no different. It includes keeping Eric Weddle, John Johnson III, second-round pick Taylor Rapp and Marqui Christian. However, it also includes letting everyone else go such as seventh-round pick Nick Scott, Steven Parker, Ramon Richards and Jake Gervase.

              At the end of the day, the Rams are fine keeping four guys and will probably take two of the guys they cut onto the practice squad. I see those two being a continuation of last year with Parker and Richards getting the nod. You donít think the Rams would cut their draft pick? Itís happened with Travin Howard and Sam Rogers over the last couple of years. Last round picks donít always make the cut under the Rams.

              Cut: Steven Parker (Practice Squad), Ramon Richards (Practice Squad), Nick Scott, Jake Gervase

              Specialists (3): Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker & Jack McQuaide

              Arguably the best at each position. There is zero chance any of these three are let go. Especially with zero competition.
              Last edited by RealRam; -07-23-2019, 09:43 AM.


              • #8
                Thanks for that article, Real Ram. Interesting. I like that the writer took a shot at what may be the surprises. Much more interesting than just restating the expected results.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nick View Post
                  Yeah, I wanted to work a fourth running back onto the active list. I could see the Rams dropping an OL or even Allen from the active roster to make it work, giving them more bodies to keep Gurley fresh. Neary or Demby could be odd men out in that scenario.

                  Yeah I hear you. I just don't think Neary beats out Demby given his suspension for this year. He also had a DUI hit and run last year too, so it's not like his rap sheet is spotless going in. But Demby only has a single year of practice squad work (mostly on the Lions), so it's not like he's a lock either. If Neary is significantly better, I can see the Rams stashing him for the first 4 weeks when everybody else is (hopefully) healthy & fresh, making him not needed as much. If Evans or Edwards are lights out though, shoot, Rams may not keep either Demby or Neary! Either one is definitely worth keeping on PS.


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                    How many players are "locks" for the Final 53?
                    by AvengerRam
                    Who is a "lock" to make the final 53:

                    Here's my count:

                    Veterans (27)
                    Jared Goff
                    Sean Mannion
                    Todd Gurley
                    Andrew Whitworth
                    Rob Havenstein
                    John Sullivan
                    Jamon Brown
                    Rodger Saffold
                    Brandin Cooks
                    Robert Woods
                    Cooper Kupp
                    Pharoh Cooper
                    Josh Reynolds
                    Gerald Everett
                    Tyler Higbee
                    Michael Brockers
                    Ndamukong Suh
                    Aaron Donald
                    Samson Ebukam
                    Corey Littleton
                    Marcus Peters
                    Aqib Talib
                    Nickell Robey-Coleman
                    John Johnson
                    Lamarcus Joyner
                    Johnny Hekker
                    Jake McQuaide

                    Rookies (5)
                    Joe Noteboom
                    Brian Allen
                    John Franklin-Myers
                    Micah Kiser
                    Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

                    So that's 32 guys who I think are absolute locks.

                    I've left out the following players who I are locks provided that they are recovered from previous injuries:

                    Mark Barron
                    Matt Longacre
                    Dominique Easley
                    Sam Shields
                    Greg Zuerlein

                    If they're healthy, that takes the number to 37.

                    The next group are "near-locks," who are players that have the inside track to a roster spot:

                    Austin Blythe
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                    Michael Thomas
                    Ethan Westbrooks
                    Morgan Fox
                    Bryce Hager
                    Ramik Wilson
                    Troy Hill
                    Marquis Christian
                    Blake Countess

                    That gets you to 47.

                    So... if I'm right and all of these guys make the team, that leaves only 6 roster spots (not counting practice squad) for the remaining prospects to fight over.

                    My current favorites are:

                    Temmarick Hemmingway
                    Darrell Williams
                    John Kelly
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                  • Nick
                    From 90 to 53, hereís the math on the Ramsí roster situation
                    by Nick
                    From 90 to 53, hereís the math on the Ramsí roster situation
                    By RICH HAMMOND | [email protected] | Orange County Register
                    PUBLISHED: August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm | UPDATED: August 25, 2017 at 6:15 pm

                    The Rams and Chargers brawled three times when the teams practiced together this month, but when they meet in Saturdayís preseason game at the Coliseum, the true battle for the Rams will be internal.

                    This is the third of four preseason games, and at the conclusion, the Ramsí roster will be cut from 90 to its season-opening limit of 53. Next weekís game, though, is window dressing, the very definition of ďexhibition.Ē For players on the roster bubble, Saturdayís game could be the last chance to shine.

                    ďIt just seems like Iíve been a part of teams every single year,Ē Coach Sean McVay said, ďwhere a few guys you never expect to, they end up finding a way to make a contribution and give themselves some value, whether that be through special teams, or showing up on offense or defense.Ē

                    So who is off the bubble? Only McVay and Rams executives know, but hereís a reasonable guess:

                    Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Sean Mannion are safe, as are running backs Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown, receivers Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Cooper Kupp, Pharoh Cooper and Tavon Austin, tight ends Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Temarrick Hemingway, and offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth, Rob Havenstein, Cody Wichmann, Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and John Sullivan.

                    On defense, linemen Michael Brockers, Ethan Westbrooks, Matt Longacre, Tanzel Smart and Louis Trinca-Pasat seem set, as do linebackers Robert Quinn, Connor Barwin, Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron, Ejuan Price and Samson Ebukam, and defensive backs Trumaine Johnson, Mike Jordan, Lamarcus Joyner, Kayvon Webster, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Mo Alexander and Cody Davis.

                    Finally, kicker Greg Zuerlein, punter Johnny Hekker and long snapper Jake McQuaide are locks.

                    Thatís 39 players. Recent playing time indicates that fullback Sam Rogers, receiver Josh Reynolds, offensive linemen Jake Eldrenkamp and Darrell Williams, defensive linemen Mike Purcell, linebacker Josh Forrest and defensive backs John Johnson and Marqui Christian also will make the cut.

                    Then thereís Aaron Donald, who presumably will end his holdout one way or another and become No. 48. Remember also that receiver Mike Thomas and Troy Hill will be suspended for the start of the season and running back Lance Dunbar will start on the injured list, meaning none of them will occupy a roster spot.

                    That leaves perhaps five spots, and how will they be broken down?

                    The Rams figure to keep either running back Justin Davis or Aaron Green, and one of three offensive linemen: Austin Blythe, Andrew Donnal (whose current injury status makes this murky) and Pace Murphy.

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                    -08-25-2017, 06:23 PM
                  • Nick
                    ESPN's Alden Gonzalez makes final 53-man roster projection
                    by Nick
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                    The Los Angeles Rams must cut their roster to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 2. Here's a final 53-man roster projection:

                    QUARTERBACKS (2): Jared Goff, Sean Mannion
                    I went back and forth on this, but ultimately opted not to put Dan Orlovsky on the roster. Goff, the starter, and Mannion, his backup, are both young. Orlovsky has a ton of experience, with a dozen years as mainly an NFL backup. But he hasn't shown much this preseason, and the Rams are going to ride their young quarterbacks throughout the year no matter what. I have them using that roster spot elsewhere.

                    RUNNING BACKS (4): Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis, Aaron Green, Todd Gurley
                    Asked earlier this week about the running back room getting smaller after final cuts, Gurley said, "I hope it doesn't get any smaller than it is now. There's only about three or four guys in there." The Rams signed Lance Dunbar over the offseason with hopes that he can be their change-of-pace back, but a pre-existing knee injury has kept him from practicing. Brown has established himself as Gurley's backup. Davis, an undrafted rookie out of USC, has looked good in space, though he has had fumbling issues.

                    FULLBACKS (1): Sam Rogers
                    The Rams drafted Rogers out of Virginia Tech in the sixth round this year. He's a 5-foot-10, 235-pound ball of fire who can block, run the ball and catch passes. It'll be interesting to see if Rams coach Sean McVay finds some type of role for Rogers in this offense. He drafted him for a reason.

                    WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods
                    The Watkins acquisition has Nelson Spruce, in my mind, as the odd man out. He's a local product and a fan favorite, and he shined in last year's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. But Spruce barely got on the field after that last season and hasn't really stood out this preseason. The Rams are a lot more talented at receiver now. Paul McRoberts and Shakeir Ryan, who has been returning punts, were also tough cuts here.

                    TIGHT ENDS (3): Gerald Everett, Cory Harkey, Tyler Higbee
                    Temarrick Hemingway suffered a fractured fibula during Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, an injury that could prompt him to miss the entire season. That suddenly opens up a role for Harkey, a sixth-year player, to serve as the third tight end. Harkey doesn't bring Hemingway's skills and athleticism in the passing game, but he's a solid blocker who McVay considers reliable as a receiver. Said Harkey: "I'm here to do whatever I need to do to help the team win, and that's my attitude my whole career."

                    OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Austin Blythe, Jamon Brown, Andrew Donnal, Rob Havenstein, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Cody Wichmann, Andrew Whitworth, Darrell...
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                    WR - 18-Britt / 10 – Cooper /15 -Marquez
                    TE - 46 - Harkey / 84 - Hemingway
                    LT - 73 - Robinson / 77 - Battle
                    LG - 76 - Saffold / 69 - Wicnmann
                    C - 61 - Barnes
                    RG - 68 - Brown / 65 Rhaney
                    RT - 79 - Havenstein / 64 - Donnel
                    TE - 88 - Kendricks / 89 Higbee
                    WR - 11 - Austin / 86 - Spruce
                    QB - 17 Keenum / 16 - Goff / 14 - Mannion
                    RB - 30 - Gurley / 23 - Cunningham / 39 - Brown / 34- Reynolds / 36- Green

                    LDE - 95 - Hayes / 96 - Longacre
                    LDT - 99 - Donald / 91 - Easley
                    RDT - 90 - Brockers / 98 - Coples
                    RDE - 94 - Quinn / 97 - Sims /72 - Seau
                    ROLB - 56 - Ayers / 50 - Lynch / 53 - Chubb
                    MLB - 52 - Ogletree / 54 - Hager
                    LCB - 22 - Johnson / 47 - Roberson
                    RCB - 33 - Gaines / 20 Joyner / 32 - Hill
                    FS - 38 - Davis / 24 - Bryant
                    SS - 25 - McDonald / 31 - Alexander
                    WS - 26 - Barron

                    P - Hekker
                    K - Zuerlain
                    LS - 44 - McQuade

                    PS to be determined.
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                  • AvengerRam
                    Who is part of the core for 2018?
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                    In my mind, the core consists of starters and key rotation players who (1) are signed through 2018, (2) are not guys I believe might need to be restructured, (3) are not suffering from a potentially lingering injury, and (4) are not guys I believe need to be upgraded.

                    These 17 players are clearly part of the core:

                    QB Jared Goff
                    RB Todd Gurley
                    WR Robert Woods
                    WR Cooper Kupp
                    TE Gerald Everett
                    OT Andrew Whitworth
                    OG Rodger Saffold
                    OG Jamon Brown
                    OT Rob Havenstein
                    DL Michael Brockers
                    DL Aaron Donald
                    ILB Alec Ogletree
                    SS John Johnson
                    K Greg Zuerlein
                    P Johnny Hekker
                    KR/PR Pharoh Cooper
                    LB/ST Cory Littleton

                    Brown and Havenstein were close calls, but I think they will return. Kayvon Webster was left off the list solely for health reasons. Mark Barron and Robert Quinn were left off due to their contracts, though both could potentially be retained on their current deals. Tyler Higbee could perhaps be part of this list, though I'm hoping Gerald Everett becomes the starter and Higbee becomes the second TE.

                    Some key backups you also could add to the list are Austin Blythe, Josh Reynolds, Tanzel Smart, Samson Ebukam and Malcolm Brown.

                    I think that's a strong core.

                    Now... how do we make it even stronger?
                    -01-08-2018, 09:29 AM