RAMS EXTRAS

Rams notes: Rams will go with two QBs for now

2014-08-31T00:50:00Z 2015-03-10T17:50:29Z Rams notes: Rams will go with two QBs for nowBy Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com 636-493-9675 stltoday.com
August 31, 2014 12:50 am  • 

The Rams are set to open the season with two quarterbacks, 13-year veteran Shaun Hill and second-year pro Austin Davis.

That could change if the team spots somebody of interest on the waiver wire or via trade. But for now, there are two quarterbacks on the roster.

Garrett Gilbert, a sixth-round draft pick from SMU, was among the cuts as the Rams trimmed their roster to 53 over the weekend. Gilbert is considered a prime candidate for a spot on the 10-man practice squad.

“We’ve gone into most games with two quarterbacks on the active roster,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Saturday after being asked about adding a third quarterback. “We have one on the practice squad here and there, (but) that’s not an issue. The quarterback position is a position that we’re going to address, that we’re going to monitor. The picks went in 45 minutes ago and we’ll get the list and we’ll see what’s out there. I’m sure there will be workouts and tryouts and (there is) potential to do some things at the position, but right now, as I said a couple of days ago, we’re not going to overreact.

“We’re going to apply patience to this situation.”

Fisher made the initial statement after starting quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third week of the preseason.

In each of the last two seasons, the Rams have opened with two quarterbacks. Bradford and Davis opened the 2012 season, with Clemens coming aboard in Week 2. Last year, the Rams went with Bradford and Clemens to open the season. Then, after Bradford went down with a torn ACL to the left knee, Davis and veteran Brady Quinn were added to the roster.

The Seattle Seahawks waived former Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Cleveland cut former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, someone the Rams showed some interest in during the predraft process in the spring.

Another possible backup, veteran Kyle Orton, signed with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

Would the Rams consider trading for a quarterback?

“There’s always that possibility,” Fisher said. “We’re not engaged in any (trade talk) at this point.”

ROSTER SET FOR NOW AT 53, BUT MAYBE NOT FINALIZED

As required by NFL rules, the Rams cut from 75 to 53 over the last couple of days. But the roster-shuffling may not be finished.

“Again, a difficult couple of days,” Fisher said of making cuts. “We got to 53, as everybody else has. I can’t say that we’re done. We’re no different that any other team in the league. We’re going to watch the wire and see if it’s at all possible for us to upgrade our football team over the next couple of days.’’

The Rams’ 53-man roster, as it stood Saturday evening, includes four undrafted rookie free agents: cornerback Marcus Roberson, tight end Alex Bayer, running back Trey Watts and defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks.

In the cutdown from 75 to 53, the Rams waived four of their last five selections from May’s draft, including Gilbert and three seventh-rounders: tackle Mitchell Van Dyk, safety Christian Byrant and defensive end Michael Sam.

Another seventh-rounder, offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney, is on injured reserve.

Others cuts announced Saturday were wide receivers Emory Blake, Austin Franklin and Justin Veltung, defensive tackles Matt Conrath and Deantre Harlan, cornerbacks Darren Woodard and Greg Reid, linebackers Aaron Hill, Phillip Steward, Etienne Sabino and Lawrence Wilson, guard Travis Bond, tackle Sean Hooey, defensive end Kourtnei Brown, safety Avery Cunningham and tight end Brad Smelley.

Hill, a free agent from the University of Minnesota, attended Lutheran St. Charles High.

Following is a rundown of the current roster (subject to change):

Quarterbacks (2): Shaun Hill, Austin Davis.

Running backs (5): Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Chase Reynolds, Tre Mason, Trey Watts.

Wide receivers (5): Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis.

Tight ends (5): Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, Cory Harkey, Alex Bayer, Justice Cunningham.

Offensive linemen (9): Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, Scott Wells, Davin Joseph, Joe Barksdale, Greg Robinson, Tim Barnes, Mike Person, Barrett Jones,

Defensive line (9): Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Kendall Langford, William Hayes, Eugene Sims, Alex Carrington, Ethan Westbrooks.

Linebackers (5): James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Ray Ray Armstrong, Daren Bates.

Defensive backs (10): Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, T.J. McDonald, Rodney McLeod, E.J. Gaines, Lamarcus Joyner, Maurice Alexander, Brandon McGee, Cody Davis, Marcus Roberson.

Specialists (3): Greg Zuerlein, Johnny Hekker, Jake McQuaide.

Note: WR Stedman Bailey will be suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

RAM-BLINGS

Saturday’s cuts included several players with ties to the area and to the Rams:

Carolina • Ex-Missouri WR Marcus Lucas; former Ram TE Mike McNeill, a Kirkwood High product.

Cleveland • T Abasi Salimu, who started training camp with the Rams.

Dallas • DE Kenneth Boatright, who played at Southern Illinois.

Denver • DB Jerome Murphy, a third-round draft choice of the Rams in 2010.

Detroit • Former Mizzou TE Michael Egnew; ex-Illini RB Mikel Leshoure.

Indianapolis • WR Ryan Lankford, a University of Illinois alum.

Jacksonville • DE Gerald Rivers, who was with the Rams until the Jags claimed him off waivers last season.

Kansas City • Former Missouri DT Dominique Hamilton.

Miami • Ex-Mizzou LB Andrew Wilson; former Illini TE Evan Wilson.

New Orleans • Former Illinois K Derek Dimke.

Oakland • Ex-Illini G Jack Cornell.

Philadelphia • RB Henry Josey, who starred at Mizzou.

Pittsburgh • Former Illini T Graham Pocic, who spent time in camp with the Rams in 2013.

San Diego • LB Colton Underwood, an Illinois State product.

Tampa Bay • Ex-Missouri DB Kip Edwards.

Tennessee • Former Mizzou TE Chase Coffman.

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