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Thursday, July 9, 2009
Quick glance at NFC West roster counts

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Pos.
ARI SF STL SEA
QB 4 4 4 4
RB 8 8 7 8
WR 11 11 12 11
TE 6 4 5 5
OL 15 14 15 14
DL 10 9 15 13
LB 11 12 9 9
DB 15 15 14 12
ST 3 5 3 4
Totals 83 82 84 80

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

NFC West teams will have to remove a combined nine players from their rosters before welcoming 16 as-yet-unsigned draft choices to training camp.

The chart counts each team's players by position, including those unsigned picks.

The Rams are heavy at receiver while Derek Stanley recovers from knee surgery, although their total for running backs and receivers -- 19 -- matches the other NFC West totals. The Cardinals are heavy at tight end.

Carrying extra players at a position sometimes means a team feels unsettled in that area. That is certainly the case for Arizona at tight end. Defensive scheme -- 4-3 or 3-4 -- affects the numbers in the front seven. The Rams have 15 defensive linemen, a high number for a team running a 4-3 scheme.

I might adjust the Cardinals' totals at receiver given that Sean Morey is essentially a specialist. Michael Ray Garvin could count as one also. I've already made Allen Rossum a specialist for the 49ers, reducing by one their numbers in the secondary [expect additional shrinkage there pending a decision on injured corner Walt Harris].

These numbers become more critical as teams reduce roster sizes, players suffer injuries and position battles shake out.