McCutcheon & Williams elevate stock, Bobby Evans’s spot in jeopardy
The Los Angeles Rams resumed preseason football action on Friday night against the Houston Texans, losing their second preseason contest by a score of 24-20. John Wolford and Bryce Perkins split the halves and led the offense to 277 total yards. Bubble player Lance McCutcheon continued his excellent play, adding another five receptions and 98 yards.
Friday’s showing was a stock boost for wide receiver Austin Trammell, offensive tackle AJ Arcuri, and defensive lineman Jonah Williams, but will it be substantial enough to warrant a place on the 53-man roster? After two weeks of preseason football, here is an updated final roster projection including a notable cut on offense.
Matthew Stafford, John Wolford, Bryce Perkins
After announcing early in the week that John Wolford would start the game Friday, speculation began as to whether Wolford and Perkins were in a competition battle. It appears it was more so an opportunity to get Wolford live work. Both quarterbacks were satisfactory, with neither having any personal highs or lows.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Jake Funk, Kyren Williams
If the Rams want to carry more than four running backs, it will be difficult to assess who they should add, because none of the running backs in Friday’s game managed anything on the ground. Trey Ragas was the leading rusher with 14 yards on 6 carries.
WIDE RECEIVERS (8)
Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson II, Tutu Atwell, Van Jefferson, Jacob Harris, Lance McCutcheon, Ben Skowronek, Brandon Powell
Lance McCutcheon continues to put pressure on the coaching staff to include him on the final roster. Jacob Harris was mentioned as a potential cut; being labeled as injury-prone, however he played Friday night and justified his worth for a roster spot.
The wide receiver that falls short of a roster spot but is assuredly to make the practice squad, unless picked off waivers, will be Austin Trammell. The slot receiver has shown good hands when the football has been thrown his way. Unfortunately he falls short of a final roster spot because of a crowded room.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Tyler Higbee, Kendall Blanton, Brycen Hopkins
Roger Carter nor Jared Pickney have stood out in any capacity to warrant a place on the 53-man roster.