The Los Angeles Rams will enter the 2019 regular season as the defending NFC champions after reaching the Super Bowl a season ago. Despite ultimately coming up short against the New England Patriots to conclude the most recent NFL campaign, the Rams enter the upcoming season as one of the best teams in the entire league.
With that in mind, the Rams are absolutely stacked at each of the premiere positions, including at quarterback, running back and tight end. Because of the team’s depth heading into training camp, a portion of the offseason that allows each NFL franchise to carry up to 90 players, more than a few of the people on the roster can be quickly removed from the fold in Los Angeles.
However, there are position battles that require more time to develop during training camp, which could allow some players to last longer into the offseason. With that in mind, the Rams can almost immediately cut bait with at least one quarterback, one running back, and one of the team’s three rookie tight ends.
John Wolford, QB
As it stands now, former Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback John Wolford is one of four signal callers to call the Los Angeles Rams roster home. In addition to Wolford, who stands just over six feet tall while weighing an even 200 pounds, the Rams have starting quarterback Jared Goff, former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles as the team’s primary backup, and a third-stringer in former Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen.
Barring any injuries, the team’s quarterback room already has a clear-cut hierarchy. With Goff slated to start in what is about to become his third NFL season, Bortles was brought in specifically to serve as his backup. Allen will rarely suit up for game days and will likely remain the team’s emergency option at No. 3 on the depth chart.
Because this is so clear-cut this early in the offseason, the Rams could cut Wolford in order to add another player who can potentially make an impact at a different position.
Matt Colburn, RB
Like the team’s quarterback situation, the Los Angeles Rams already have a solid idea of who will fit in where on the team’s eventual regular season depth chart. With All-Pro running back Todd Gurley slated to serve as the team’s starting running back in 2019, the Rams wasted absolutely no time adding some depth behind Gurley while failing to add a legitimate threat to replace him, which makes things even more clear in Los Angeles.
The Rams notably selected former Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson in the 2019 NFL Draft. The team obviously sees him as a useful piece of the puzzle right off the bat. However, the team’s third-string running back spot remains up for grabs with the Rams currently sporting Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis, John Kelly and Matt Colburn as well.
With six running backs already in house, four of which can be cut at any time, the Rams could decide to part with one early on. With Colburn serving as the team’s only rookie among the four fighting for roster spots, it is possible that he will be the first to go unless he gets off to a hot start this summer.
Kendall Blanton, Romello Brooker, Keenen Brown, TEs
The Los Angeles Rams have six tight ends on the team’s current roster with training camp just around the corner. With the NFC West franchise likely to keep three tight ends, several of these players will have a quick stay on the West Coast.
With tight ends Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt each entering training camp with at least some NFL experience, this trio could ultimately stick around. As for the additional three tight ends in the Rams’ house at this moment, Kendall Blanton, Romello Brooker and Keenen Brown will all have a slim chance of making the team’s eventual 53-man roster.
It is also worth noting that Blanton, Brooker and Brown are all rookies, unlike the three other tight ends in Los Angeles. Because these three have yet to play a down of NFL football, the Rams could cut ties with one of these players very soon.