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Saturday, August 31, 2013
Rams roster prediction review

By Nick Wagoner

A look at how my roster predictions, made Friday, stack up to the initial roster after the St. Louis Rams cuts 20 players Saturday evening.

When Rams coach Jeff Fisher hinted that the roster composition might be a little different than normal, and even offered that his team might keep more offensive linemen than has been typical, I took that into account.

Turns out, I should have taken it even more seriously than I did. All told, I was correct on 49 of the final 53, and was only off in terms of the numbers at two positions (tight end and offensive line).

I managed direct hits at running back, wide receiver, defensive line, cornerback and specialists.

Of course, this could all change before the weekend is over. Last year, the Rams made four waiver claims and a trade after the cutdown to 53.

(Note: linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and running back Isaiah Pead do not count against the roster as they serve four- and one game-suspensions, respectively. They've been placed on the reserve/suspended list.)

Quarterback

Predicted: 2 -- Sam Bradford, Austin Davis

Actual: 2 -- Bradford, Kellen Clemens

Running back

Predicted: 4 -- Daryl Richardson, Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Chase Reynolds

Actual: 4 -- Richardson, Stacy, Cunningham, Reynolds

Wide receiver

Predicted: 5 -- Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey

Actual: 5 -- Givens, Pettis, Austin, Quick, Bailey

Tight end

Predicted: 5 -- Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, Cory Harkey, Mike McNeill, Zach Potter

Actual: 4 – Cook, Kendricks, Harkey, McNeill

Offensive line

Predicted: 9 -- Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, Scott Wells, Harvey Dahl, Chris Williams, Shelley Smith, Joe Barksdale, Barrett Jones, Tim Barnes

Actual: 10 – Long, Saffold, Wells, Dahl, Williams, Smith, Barksdale, Jones, Barnes, Brandon Washington

Defensive line

Predicted: 9 -- Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford, William Hayes, Eugene Sims, Matt Conrath, Jermelle Cudjo, Gerald Rivers

Actual: 9 – Long, Quinn, Brockers, Langford, Hayes, Sims, Conrath, Cudjo, Rivers

Linebacker

Predicted: 6 -- James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree, Will Witherspoon, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Daren Bates, Josh Hull

Actual: 6 – Laurinaitis, Ogletree, Witherspoon, Armstrong, Bates, Jonathan Stewart

Cornerback

Predicted: 5 – Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Brandon McGee, Quinton Pointer

Actual: 5 – Finnegan, Jenkins, Johnson, McGee, Pointer

Safety

Predicted: 5 – T.J. McDonald, Rodney McLeod, Darian Stewart, Matt Daniels, Cody Davis

Actual: 5 – McDonald, McLeod, Stewart, Daniels, Matt Giordano

Specialists

Predicted: 3 – Jake McQuaide, Johnny Hekker, Greg Zuerlein

Actual: 3 – McQuaide, Hekker, Zuerlein