The Rams known as first, so Lance McCutcheon didn’t wait for an additional alternative as an undrafted free agent.
The previous Montana State receiver joined a defending Tremendous Bowl champion crew that included star receiver Cooper Kupp, new addition Allen Robinson and third-year professional Van Jefferson amongst others. He knew making the roster can be a problem.
“Coming from Montana State, an undrafted free-agent guy, just come out here and work in silence,” McCutcheon mentioned of his strategy. “Just come out here, working, take advantage when I’m given the opportunity and just keep going.
“Keep building up those opportunities and take advantage on game days.”
McCutcheon capitalized throughout Saturday evening’s 29-22 preseason victory over the Chargers. He scored on move performs of 60 and 11 yards and a two-point conversion move.
The 6-foot-3, 202-pound McCutcheon’s lengthy landing got here after he outmuscled two defenders to make a catch after which stored operating about 30 yards to the top zone.
“We talked about it, and he was adamant about it: ‘If it’s close, just give me a jump ball and I’ll make a play,’ ” quarterback Bryce Perkins mentioned. “Made great plays in camp, so I felt comfortable giving him those opportunities, and I knew he was going to do a great job at competing for it like he did and he’s a great player for sure.”
McCutcheon, who averaged 19 yards per catch in school, had been making an impression for the reason that Rams’ offseason program, coach Sean McVay mentioned.
“There’s certain young guys that just have that right look in their eye — where you can see they’re mature beyond their years,” McVay mentioned, including, “He’s just got one of those demeanors that you’re saying, ‘Hey, this guy, he’s going to figure it out.’ ”
McCutcheon credit Kupp, Robinson and the opposite receivers for serving to him develop.
“I sit behind [Robinson] in the meeting room and he always has something to coach me on,” McCutcheon mentioned. “Him and Cooper. They’re geniuses when it comes to this game.”
McCutcheon made an early bid for inclusion on the 53-man roster that can be set after the third preseason recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams will trim the roster to 85 by Tuesday, McVay mentioned.
Accidents and different points may have an effect on preliminary roster choices, however here’s a take a look at what the 53-man roster may appear like:
Quarterbacks: Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, Bryce Perkins
Stafford was restricted in coaching camp due to proper elbow tendinitis, however the 14th-year professional can be prepared for the Sept. 8 opener towards the Buffalo Payments and can nearly actually play by ache throughout the season. McVay has confidence that Wolford can step in and run the offense if Stafford is sidelined. Perkins performed properly throughout the 2021 preseason and made the opening roster as a result of the Rams feared one other crew would signal him if he had been launched. He can drive their hand once more this season, particularly with Stafford’s balky elbow a priority.
Operating backs: Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Jake Funk, Kyren Williams
Akers is again to full energy after being sidelined almost all the 2021 season due to an Achilles damage. He returned for the season finale and the playoffs, however has mentioned he was not happy along with his efficiency. Henderson is within the closing 12 months of his rookie contract, and he’s decided to point out that sturdiness questions should not a problem. Williams, a fifth-round draft choose from Notre Dame, suffered a damaged foot throughout offseason exercises and was activated from the bodily unable to carry out checklist close to the top of coaching camp.
Large receivers: Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Brandon Powell, Jacob Harris
Kupp, Robinson and Jefferson are the starters, although Jefferson’s standing for the opener is undetermined as he recovers from a second knee operation in 5 months. Skowronek obtained expertise final season. Atwell must be the deep risk the Rams envisioned once they drafted him within the second spherical in 2021. Powell is especially the punt returner, and the 6-6 Harris has been stricken by accidents. If bodily sound, he performs on particular groups and would give McVay and Stafford an attractive choice.
Tight ends: Tyler Higbee, Kendall Blanton, Brycen Hopkins
Higbee is the confirmed veteran, Blanton stepped up within the playoffs and Hopkins made a large leap within the Tremendous Bowl.
Offensive linemen: Joe Noteboom, David Edwards, Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, Rob Havenstein, Logan Bruss, A.J. Jackson, Bobby Evans, Tremayne Anchrum
The Rams don’t wish to rush Bruss, so the versatile Shelton may begin at proper guard. Jackson seems on observe to be the swing deal with.
Defensive linemen: Aaron Donald, Greg Gaines, A’Shawn Robinson, Marquise Copeland, Michael Hoecht
Donald is a risk from all angles. Gaines and Robinson are robust within the center. Copeland performed properly final season and Bobby Brown III’s suspension opens the door for Hoecht.
Inside linebackers: Bobby Wagner, Ernest Jones, Travin Howard, Christian Rozeboom
Wagner is a six-time All-Professional and Jones is a returning starter. Howard is recovering from stomach surgical procedure so particular groups mainstay Rozeboom, Jake Hummel or Jake Gervase may safe roles.
Outdoors linebackers: Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, Daniel Hardy
Floyd begins on one facet, and Hollins and Lewis confirmed final season they are often productive on the opposite. Chris Garrett’s damage woes put him on the bubble.
Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, David Lengthy, Robert Rochell, Decobie Durant, Derion Kendrick
Ramsey is the star, Hill is again after a season in Cleveland, and Lengthy and Rochell have beginning expertise. Rookies Durant and Kendrick seem able to contribute.
Safeties: Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, Quentin Lake
Lake was on the PUP checklist throughout coaching camp, however the sixth-round choose from UCLA can add depth to a veteran group.
Punter: Riley Dixon
Seventh-year professional replaces Johnny Hekker.
Kicker: Matt Homosexual
Coming off Professional Bowl season when he made 32 of 34 field-goal makes an attempt.
Lengthy-snapper: Matthew Orzech
Changed veteran Jake McQuaide final season and did strong job.
And so forth.
The Rams are awaiting MRI outcomes for defensive lineman Bobby Brown III, who suffered an unspecified decrease leg damage towards the Chargers. … McVay mentioned he has not decided if rookie operating again Kyren Williams will play Friday evening towards the Houston Texans or throughout the preseason. Williams, who suffered a damaged foot throughout offseason exercises, got here off the PUP checklist close to the top of coaching camp.