Here’s a look at the Rams’ roster as the team prepares to open training camp July 28 at UC Irvine. It will be updated throughout camp and the season. Players are listed in the likely playing-time pecking order at each position, as seen by Rams beat writer Kevin Modesti. Offseason additions are noted by T for trade acquisitions, FA for free-agent signings, W for waiver pickups, R-F for reserve-future contracts, D for drafted rookies and U for undrafted rookies.


Matthew Stafford (T), John Wolford, Devlin Hodges (R-F), Bryce Perkins

The Rams hope the January swap of Jared Goff for the more dynamic Stafford proves to be the NFL’s biggest roster move of 2021. Wolford rewarded coach Sean McVay’s confidence in the playoff win over Seattle. Ex-Steeler Hodges is insurance in case something happens to Stafford or Wolford.

Running backs

Darrell Henderson, Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, Jake Funk (D), Cam Akers (injured)

Akers’ Achilles injury, a week before players report to camp, brought a sobering end to the Rams’ productive offseason. They’re expressing faith that Henderson and Jones can replace the team’s 2020 leading rusher, but can’t rule out pursuing a starter in a trade or free-agent signing.

Wide receivers

Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, DeSean Jackson (FA), Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell (D), Ben Skowronek (D), J.J. Koski, Trishton Jackson, Landen Akers (U), Jeremiah Haydel (U)

If the 34-year-old Jackson and 165-pound Atwell avoid injuries, they can team with Stafford to provide the deep passing threat McVay’s offense has missed the past two years, giving Kupp and Woods more room to turn short catches into long gains.

Tight ends

Tyler Higbee, Brycen Hopkins, Johnny Mundt, Jacob Harris (D), Kendall Blanton

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Harris, the fourth-round pick from Central Florida, earned high praise from McVay after spring practices and could be the replacement for Gerald Everett behind Higbee in an offense that values tight ends.

Offensive line

Andrew Whitworth (left tackle), Rob Havenstein (right tackle), David Edwards (left guard), Bobby Evans (right guard/tackle), Austin Corbett (center/guard), Joe Noteboom (left guard/tackle), Tremayne Anchrum (right tackle/guard), Chandler Brewer (tackle), Max Pircher (tackle, International Players Pathway), Jamil Demby (guard), Alaric Jackson (tackle, U), Brian Allen (center), Coleman Shelton (center), Jordan Meredith (U)

No offensive linemen were added through free agency or the draft, so the Rams hope their emphasis on O-line versatility and cross-training pays off with Corbett (moving over from right guard) replacing Austin Blythe at center and Evans (who has played tackle) filling the right-guard slot.

Defensive line

Aaron Donald, Sebastian Joseph-Day, A’Shawn Robinson, Bobby Brown III (D), Earnest Brown IV (D), Greg Gaines, Marquise Copeland, Eric Banks, Jonah Williams, Michael Hoecht, George Silvanic (U)

Donald, a seven-time All-Pro before he turned 30, remains the best interior defensive lineman in the league. This group lost Michael Brockers and Morgan Fox but expects another step forward by Joseph-Day, a return to health and fitness by Robinson, and big contributions by fourth-round pick Brown.

Outside linebackers

Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett (D), Max Roberts (U), Justin Lawler, John Daka (W)

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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