All 32 NFL teams reduced their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. The Rams had some pretty difficult roster decisions to make this year. In Year 4 of a complete rebuild – under Les Snead and Jeff Fisher – the Rams continue to stockpile young talent. For the fourth consecutive year, the Rams will open the season as the youngest team in the NFL. At an average age of 24.94 years, this is the youngest Rams team since the arrival of Fisher and Snead in 2012.
|C||Tim Barnes||Demetrius Rhaney||Eric Kush|
|RG||Cody Wichmann||Brian Folkerts|
|RT||Rob Havenstein||Andrew Donnal|
|LT||Greg Robinson||Isaiah Battle|
|TE||Lance Kendricks||Cory Harkey|
|WR||Tavon Austin||Wes Welker|
|WR||Kenny Britt||Brian Quick||Bradley Marquez|
|RB||Tre Mason||Benny Cunningham|
|RB||Todd Gurley||Chase Reynolds|
|QB||Case Keenum||Nick Foles||Sean Mannion|
|DT||Aaron Donald||Nick Fairley||Louis Trinca-Pasat|
|DT||Michael Brockers||Ethan Westbrooks||Doug Worthington|
|DE||Chris Long||Matt Longacre|
|DE||William Hayes||Eugene Sims|
|MLB||James Laurinaitis||Bryce Hager|
|OLB||Mark Barron||Daren Bates|
|OLB||Akeem Ayers||Cameron Lynch|
|CB||Janoris Jenkins||Marcus Roberson||Eric Patterson|
|CB||Trumaine Johnson||Lamarcus Joyner|
|SS||Maurice Alexander||Christian Bryant|
|FS||Rodney McLeod||Cody Davis|
|Practice Squad||Injured Reserve||IR-Designated To Return|
|WR - Deon Long||CB - E.J. Gaines||OLB - Alec Ogletree|
|LB - Matthew Wells||OG - Rodger Saffold|
|LB - Zack Hodges||WR - Isiah Ferguson||Reserve/Suspended|
|TE - Justice Cunningham||OG - Jamon Brown||RB - Trey Watts|
|CB - Melvin White||OT - Darrell Williams|
|WR - J.J. Worten||SS - Tim McDonald Jr.||Reserve/NFI|
|RB - Malcolm Brown||DE - Robert Quinn||WR - Stedman Bailey|
|FB - Zach Laskey|
|WR - Nick Toon|
|OG - David Arkin||73 Players Total|
Every year – when rosters are reduced to 53 players – Jimmy Kempski (PhillyVoice.com) collects and analyzes age data for all 32 NFL teams. The accompanying chart presents his findings for the past four years:
The Rams remain the youngest team in the NFL for the following reasons:
- They’re committed to building the team through the draft, opting for talented young players over experienced older players.
- Although the Rams signed a trio of older, experienced veterans during the offseason [Garrett Reynolds (28), Nick Fairley (27) and Akeem Ayers (26)] they also released/didn’t re-sign a number of ageing veterans: Davin Joseph (31), Jake Long (30), Scott Wells (34), Jo-Lonn Dunbar (30) and Shaun Hill (35).
- Virtually half of the Rams’ current roster is comprised of players with two years (or less) of NFL experience. The Rams’ roster consists of only two players who have reached the age of 30: both William Hayes and Chris Long are 30.
- Eleven rookies made the Rams’ final 53-man roster. Seven were 2015 draft selections. Demetrius Rhaney is a 7th Round 2014 draft selection. The remaining three are 2015 UDFA’s.
The accompanying chart presents the 11 rookies who made the 53-man roster:
|RB||Todd Gurley||1st Round Draft|
|OT||Rob Havenstein||2nd Round Draft|
|OG||Jamon Brown||3rd Round Draft|
|QB||Sean Mannion||3rd Round Draft|
|OT||Andrew Donnal||4th Round Draft|
|OG||Cody Wichmann||6th Round Draft|
|MLB||Bryce Hager||7th Round Draft|
|C||Demetrius Rhaney||7th Round (2014)|
The composition of this years roster once again displays the Rams’ commitment to building the team through the draft and UDFA process. It’s also a testament to the teams’ ability to evaluate – and accumulate – exceptional, young talent.