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Monday, September 1, 2014
A look at the Rams' roster makeup

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was very open about the possibility of the 2014 roster taking on a different look than it has in his first two years in St. Louis.

Although it is certainly subject to change in the coming days or weeks, it turns out the Rams had some spots with a different look and others that were pretty standard.

Here's the breakdown of how many players the Rams are carrying at each position on the 53-man roster compared to what they had going into week 1 each of the past two years. (Previous numbers courtesy of ESPN's Mike Sando's excellent roster file)

Quarterback

2014: 2
2013: 2
2012: 2

Quick hit: The Rams will probably continue to look to add at this position but might wait a week to find a veteran so his contract won't be guaranteed.

Running back

2014: 5
2013: 4
2012: 5

Quick hit: Chase Reynolds counts as a fifth but he's here for special teams. Isaiah Pead didn't count as a fifth entering 2013 because of a suspension.

Tight end

2014: 5
2013: 4
2012: 3

Quick hit: The Rams are heavy at this spot and if they're to make a move to add at another position, this seems like a strong contender to provide the corresponding move.

Wide receiver

2014: 5
2013: 5
2012: 5

Quick hit: Stedman Bailey will return after missing the first four games because of a suspension. The Rams will then have to make a decision on where to trim elsewhere to put Bailey back in the mix.

Offensive line

2014: 9
2013: 10
2012: 9

Quick hit: The Rams are apparently expecting Barrett Jones to return soon enough, but in the meantime they'll carry just eight healthy linemen.

Defensive line

2014: 9
2013: 9
2012: 10

Quick hit: This is a deep, talented group but it's fair to wonder how healthy they are at end since William Hayes did not play in a preseason game and Eugene Sims missed practice and last week's preseason game with his leg in a brace.

Linebacker

2014: 5
2013: 6
2012: 6

Quick hit: The Rams could really use some more depth here, especially if they could find a capable veteran. They should be able to get by with five because they spend so much time in sub-packages but if they have injuries here, the depth is shallow and unproven.

Cornerback

2014: 6
2013: 5
2012: 5

Quick hit: With Trumaine Johnson working back from a knee injury, the Rams had to go a bit heavier here, hence the inclusion of undrafted rookie Marcus Roberson.

Safety

2014: 4
2013: 5
2012: 5

Quick hit: The decision to keep only four was an easy one considering there was no obvious option for the fifth spot. Like linebacker, the Rams have no proven depth with any sort of meaningful defensive snaps behind the starters.

Specialists

2014: 3
2013: 3
2012: 3

Quick hit: As dependable a group as you'll find in the NFL.