With the cutdown from 80 to 53 players coming on Saturday, there is no better time than the present to look at the Rams roster and who will make the team, today is linebackers. The decisions here have been made easier by the early moves to waive Na’il Diggs and David Vobora.
Starter: James Laurinaitis – Laurinaitis is a potential Pro Bowl starter this season. He will only get better with better outside linebackers around him.
Starter: Ben Leber – Leber is the only newly-acquired linebacker I’ll label with the “starter” tag. He wasn’t given the starters job right away, but has worked up to it in just a few weeks.
Safe: Chris Chamberlain – I’ll call Chamberlain safe for his play on special teams and his ability to be a solid backup to the weakside linebacker spot.
Safe: Brady Poppinga – Poppinga didn’t have the best 4th preseason game, but he will make the roster and may even start for the Rams.
On The Bubble: Bryan Kehl – Kehl hasn’t had a “Larry Grant” type preseason, but he’s been better than he was last year. He has looked overwhelmed at times and I think the Rams might think about moving away from him.
On The Bubble: Zac Diles – Diles was another free agent acquisition, but he hasn’t popped quiet yet and the Rams will have to make a hard decision on whether to keep or get rid of Diles.
On The Bubble: Jabara Williams – Williams is the young player with upside in this equation. The Rams might decide to quickly and quietly move him through waivers to the practice squad.
On The Bubble: Josh Hull – Hull is safe if the Rams want to keep a solid #2 MLB, but I’m not sure the Rams won’t value flexibility with their roster spots.
Out: Pete Fleps – When you have a number in the 60s and share that number with someone else, odds are you are going to be out.