Rams GM Snead: McLeod to start

August, 29, 2013
8/29/13
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During the broadcast of Thursday night's preseason finale, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead made an appearance in the booth and made an interesting comment about safety Rodney McLeod.

Snead was discussing the lack of playing time for Rams starters against Baltimore when he pointed out that a few of the starters were getting some different looks to open the game. One of those starters he mentioned was McLeod, who started at safety last week in place of injured Darian Stewart (hamstring).

"You saw a Rodney McLeod who is gonna start at safety for us, come in and play nickel with this group because he’s going to be our backup nickel," Snead said.

Snead's intent clearly was to discuss that McLeod is the backup nickel corner behind Trumaine Johnson, but did he also let the cat out of the bag in a (somewhat) unofficial way in terms of McLeod's role? Until coach Jeff Fisher acknowledges the move, it remains to be seen whether McLeod has won the starting job on a permanent basis or if Snead was simply referring to McLeod as the starter in the context of Stewart's continued absence.

If McLeod does indeed win the starting job, it won't come as much of a surprise to anyone. Before the Rams played Denver last week, it was clear he'd have the opportunity to win the job with a couple of solid performances. He played well against the Broncos and drew praise from Fisher.

I asked Fisher on Sunday if that job was now up for grabs, and he didn't exactly turn the idea away.

“Typically guys don’t lose their jobs because of injury, but we’ll just re-evaluate when Stew comes back,” Fisher said.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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