Quarterback Bryce Perkins and huge receiver Lance McCutcheon at instances proved a dynamic mixture throughout Rams preseason video games in opposition to the Chargers, Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals.
By Tuesday’s NFL roster deadline, they may know whether or not they did sufficient to open the season as reserves on the 53-man roster for the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Rams.
“You’d be hard-pressed to think that they haven’t done what they could to earn that,” coach Sean McVay stated Saturday after the Rams’ 16-7 loss to the Bengals.
Perkins made his case within the preseason by finishing 35 of 49 passes for 399 yards and two touchdowns with out an interception. He additionally rushed for 2 touchdowns.
Matthew Stafford is taking part in by way of proper elbow tendinitis, and John Wolford is nursing a proper thumb harm. Perkins positioned himself for a gap sport roster spot for the second consecutive season, and he might push Wolford for No. 2 on the depth chart.
How does McVay make his willpower about whether or not to maintain two or three quarterbacks?
“Ultimately, it is about the play,” he stated.
Perkins is assured he can discover a house — with the Rams or one other crew.
“I put out some good tape,” he stated, including, “If it’s not here, I know it’s somewhere. I feel like I can play in this league.”
McCutcheon caught 15 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns within the preseason.
Beginning huge receiver Van Jefferson’s standing for the Sept. 8 opener in opposition to the Buffalo Payments is uncertain as a result of he’s nonetheless recovering from knee surgical procedure, so McVay is anticipated to hold eight receivers.
Here’s a breakdown on what the Rams’ opening sport 53-man roster might appear to be:
Quarterbacks: Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, Bryce Perkins
Stafford’s workload was managed from earlier than the beginning of coaching camp. He seemed sharp throughout two joint practices with the Bengals, and he stated that he won’t be restricted because the Rams put together for the Payments. Wolford was injured through the first apply with the Bengals. He sat out the second and didn’t play in Saturday’s sport as a precaution as a result of the harm affected his passing mechanics, McVay stated. He’s anticipated to be accessible for the run-up to the opener. In Wolford’s absence, Perkins took second-team reps in apply in opposition to the Bengals and bought to play your complete sport.
Operating backs: Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Kyren Williams, Jake Funk
Akers remains to be nursing what McVay has described as a “soft-tissue” harm, however Henderson ran at full pace for trainers Saturday and apparently might be prepared for apply. Of their absence, Williams did so effectively that McVay opted to not play the rookie in opposition to the Bengals for concern of potential harm. Funk is a precious particular groups participant.
Vast receivers: Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Brandon Powell, Jacob Harris, Lance McCutcheon
Jefferson accompanied the crew to Cincinnati however didn’t take part in practices. Throughout practices with the Bengals, Kupp appeared to be in midseason type and Stafford linked with Atwell on lengthy passes. The 6-foot-5 Harris has proven enchancment.
Tight ends: Tyler Higbee, Brycen Hopkins
Higbee didn’t play through the preseason, and Hopkins was held out in opposition to the Bengals as a result of he performed his approach into an vital function.
Offensive linemen: Joe Noteboom, David Edwards, Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, Rob Havenstein, A.J. Jackson, Tremayne Anchrum, Bobby Evans, A.J. Arcuri
Evans, a fourth-year professional, performed in each preseason sport, a transparent indication that he was on the bubble. The lack of rookie Logan Bruss due to a season-ending knee harm may present a reprieve for Evans, who has began video games at proper sort out and guard. Arcuri improved by way of the preseason.
Defensive linemen: Aaron Donald, Greg Gaines, A’Shawn Robinson, Marquise Copeland, Michael Hoecht
Donald, Gaines, Robinson and Copeland bought work in opposition to the Bengals throughout practices, which ended with a brawl between the groups. Hoecht made a number of performs through the preseason.
Inside linebackers: Bobby Wagner, Ernest Jones, Christian Rozeboom, Jake Gervase
With Travin Howard anticipated to start the season on injured reserve, that opens a spot for inside linebackers who can play particular groups. Gervase has expertise, and Jake Hummel additionally had a productive preseason.
Exterior linebackers: Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett
Lewis didn’t take part in practices with the Bengals because the Rams proceed to handle his knee challenge. Garrett was hampered by accidents final season and thru a lot of the preseason. He lastly bought to play in opposition to the Bengals, and he pressured the quarterback a number of instances. An harm suffered by rookie Daniel Hardy offered alternative for Keir Thomas, an undrafted rookie who may land a task.
Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, David Lengthy, Robert Rochell, Decobie Durant, Derion Kendrick
Ramsey, who had offseason shoulder surgical procedure, stated final week that he was getting nearer to full power. Hill and Lengthy confirmed their expertise throughout practices with the Bengals, and Rochell additionally had moments. Kendrick made a powerful hit within the sport in opposition to the Bengals, whereas Durant missed a number of tackles. Each rookies confirmed throughout three preseason video games that they’ll contribute.
Safeties: Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, Russ Yeast
Rapp and Scott are getting into the ultimate yr of their rookie contracts. Fuller continues to make strides in his restoration from ankle surgical procedure.
Specialists: kicker Matt Homosexual, punter Riley Dixon, lengthy snapper Matthew Orzech
Homosexual was a Professional Bowl choice final season. Dixon has changed Johnny Hekker and blended easily with Orzech and Homosexual because the holder for field-goal makes an attempt.