Rams at 53: Roster with practice squad

September, 2, 2012
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The St. Louis Rams have 11 players drafted under first-year coach Jeff Fisher. They have 11 draft picks remaining from Steve Spagnuolo's three-year run with the team, counting suspended receiver Austin Pettis.

Fisher has been on the job less than eight months. Spagnuolo was head coach for the previous three years.

That should give you a feel for the degree to which St. Louis is remaking its roster under new leadership.

The 11 players drafted under Fisher include nine members of the Rams' 2012 class, plus two of Fisher's former players in Tennessee: cornerback Cortland Finnegan and defensive end William Hayes. The 12th member of the Rams' latest draft class, seventh-round linebacker Aaron Brown, has signed to the practice squad.

Starters Sam Bradford, James Laurinaitis, Rodger Saffold, Lance Kendricks and Robert Quinn remain from the Rams' drafts under Spagnuolo and former general manager Billy Devaney.

Backups Bradley Fletcher, Josh Hull, Michael Hoomanawanui, Eugene Sims and Darell Scott also remain as picks from the previous leadership.

Pettis, a third-round choice in 2011, becomes eligible to join the roster after Week 2. He would also be a backup.

The Rams have recently traded 2009 first-rounder Jason Smith and 2011 fourth-rounder Greg Salas. They released 2010 third-rounder Jerome Murphy. Those three players once figured prominently into the Rams' plans. They are now footnotes.

As the chart shows, St. Louis has four tight ends, a high number reflecting the team's offensive philosophy. The Rams have one fewer offensive lineman than usual. They simply did not have nine worth keeping, in my view. It's debatable if they have even eight, but teams keep seven active on game days, making eight a low number. Injuries on the defensive line, specifically to rookie first-round draft choice Michael Brockers, account for the Rams keeping 10 at that position, a relatively high number.

For download: This Rams roster features 27 columns of info on all active and practice-squad players, plus every player on the roster since roughly 2007.

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