- As expected, the Rams continued to make roster moves after Friday’s 53-man roster deadline.
– On Saturday, the team announced it had signed RB Terrance Ganaway (Jets) and DT Kellen Heard (Bills) off waivers.
– To make room on the roster for Ganaway and Heard, the Rams parted ways with a pair of recent former draft picks. WR Greg Salas was traded to New England for an undisclosed future draft pick while CB Jerome Murphy was released.
– The trade of Salas comes as a bit of a surprise but Salas had clearly fallen behind the other six wide receivers still on the roster (including Austin Pettis, who will be on the reserve/suspended list the first two weeks). Salas will be reunited with the OC that draft him, Josh McDaniels with the Patriots.
– Murphy was a third-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Like Salas, Murphy was coming back from an injury that ended his 2011 season early. With Murphy gone, the Rams have five corners remaining: Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Bradley Fletcher and Quinton Pointer.
– The trade leaves the Rams with five receivers, Danny Amendola, Steve Smith, Brian Quick, Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson for the first two weeks. They’ll have another roster move to make after week 2 when Pettis is eligible to return.
– Heard gives the Rams some much needed help at defensive tackle. He was a solid contributor in Buffalo’s rotation last season and will likely be expected to help out right away with rookie DT Michael Brockers out with an ankle sprain. Heard is known as a run stuffer at more than 330 pounds.
– Ganaway’s addition comes as a bit of a surprise in terms of the numbers the Rams are carrying at the position. Ganaway joins a crowded backfield that includes Steven Jackson, Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. The Rams were high on Ganaway back in April for the NFL Draft but he ended up with the Jets.
– The Rams could still have some more moves in the offing. The team will get back to practice on Tuesday.
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