The National Football League 32 teams needed to have their rosters finalized from 90-players to 53-man rosters by 1:00 PM PST. The Los Angeles Rams, the 2017 NFC West Divisional Champs, started their process a bit early on Friday morning with quickly releasing 12-players and placing two on injured reserved.
The Rams have finalized their 53-man roster by cutting the following players:
DB Dominique Hatfield
DB Nate Holley
DB Curtis Mikell
DB Taurean Nixon
DB Steven Parker
DB Ramon Richards
WR Fred Brown
WR KhaDarel Hodge
WR Codey McElroy
WR Steven Mitchell
WR JoJo Natson
WR Kendal Thompson
While trimming down their roster, in my opinion, the surprise cuts of all players was linebacker Ejuan Price. In 2017, Price made the initial 53-man roster. However, he could never crack the 45-man roster on game day and waived late December, and LB Carlos Thompson promoted.
Wide-Receiver KhaDarel Hodge who seemed to win over not only the coaching staff but fans too, was a casualty to cuts as the Rams opt to keep three quarterbacks on their roster. Not to happy with this move as both backups play was unconvincing to many. I'm sure the Rams are making a calculated gamble and is optimistic that Hodge clear's waivers. If he clears, expect him to signed to their practice squad.
In addition to roster moves, the Rams placed LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. The also put defensive ends Ryan Davis and Morgan Fox on the injured-reserved list.
The Rams had 11 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, and 10 of the 11 players made the 53-man roster, and linebacker Travin Howard was the only player cut. However, as it stands, Howard's cut is with an injury destination.
Now that the Rams roster set, they now can focus on their first nationally televised game of the season at the Oakland Coliseum against the Oakland Raiders. A match that includes the teacher John Gruden meets student Sean McVay phase two. The Rams beat the Raiders in Week #2 of the preseason 19-15 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Raiders made a shocking move today by trading their All-Pro linebacker and the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. The Raiders traded Mack to the Chicago Bears for two first-round drafts selections of the 2019 NFL Draft and 2020 NFL Draft.
Reportedly Mack and the Bears have agreed on a record-setting deal of six-years $141 million extensions, which includes $90M guaranteed plus a $60M signing bonus, earning $23.5M per year. This deal now makes Mack as the new highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. The agreement comes one day after Aaron Donald signed his massive contract with the Rams
The Raiders defense perhaps will be set back for the next two seasons. In any event, McVay play-calling may be able to gamble and quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley can sigh from the presence of Mack.
On Sunday, September 2, 2018, at 10:00 AM PST, the Rams are eligible to begin adding 10 players to their practice squad roster.