– Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo spoke to the media this evening on the heels of last night’s preseason closing win against Jacksonville. That victory made the Rams 4-0 in the preseason for the first time since 1979.
– Of course, that now means nothing as the Rams begin preparations for the opener against Philadelphia on Sept. 11.
– First things first, the Rams must get down to the final 53-man roster by Saturday at 3 p.m. and began that process Friday morning by releasing seven players. Now, they must release 20 more to get down to the final 53.
– By now, you know what those roster battles are who is involved. But a couple of things to keep in mind as those cuts approach:
1. This is a better roster from top to bottom than has been in place in a long time. Some good players WILL get cut but take solace in knowing that the guys that stay are better. That’s a good sign for a team moving in the right direction.
2. What you see in preseason games isn’t everything. What happens on the practice field is just as big a part if not more, in the evaluation process. There are a lot of factors involved in that process.
3. Don’t forget special teams. If you are trying to figure out who is going to make it and you have a coin toss between a couple of guys, special teams is usually the deciding factor. It’s what makes guys like Jabara Williams, Chris Chamberlain and Dominique Curry legitimate (if not forgotten) players in the race for roster spots.
– Yes, the competition at quarterback is real. Spagnuolo has now acknowledged it multiple times. It remains to be seen how many signal callers the Rams will keep but there’s no doubt that Thaddeus Lewis stated a terrific final case for a job – either No. 2 or 3 – in this preseason.
– On the injury front, the Rams came out in good shape (see earlier blog).
– DE James Hall did some light running Friday morning and will probably be OK in time to practice Monday.
– The biggest question on that front is TE Michael Hoomanawanui. He is coming back from a calf injury and is now two weeks removed. He won’t practice early in the week according to Spagnuolo but the team is holding out hope he could be ready late in the week and play against the Eagles.
– Along with that, it’s more likely the Rams would keep a fourth tight end so long as Hoomanawanui isn’t ready.
– That’s it for the preseason. Stay tuned all weekend for updates on the final cuts and the shape of the roster.
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