Chargers, Rams make final roster cuts
The Rams and Chargers got down to the NFL roster limit of 53 players Saturday.
As happens every year, there were some raised eyebrows.
Among the Rams’ 19 cuts Saturday was John Franklin-Myers, who enjoyed an impressive rookie year in 2018.
Franklin-Myers registered huge sacks to help win home games vs. the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.
In the end, Rams general manager Les Snead explained, Sebastien Joseph-Day, who was inactive all of last season, had a better camp to win Ndamukong Suh’s former defensive tackle position alongside Aaron Donald.
One of the major disappoints of camp was Micah Kiser’s torn pectoral muscle, which required surgery.
Natrez Smart, one of three undrafted free agents to make the Los Angeles roster, steps into the vacant linebacker position.
With Cooper Kupp’s return from knee surgery, the Rams’ receiving corps is re-strengthened.
Kupp’s Eastern Washington alma mater has an alumni chapter in Thousand Oaks now. Nsimba Webster, an underrated free agent from EWU, made the roster after a spectacular preseason.
In Carson, the biggest surprise was the release of backup quarterback Cardale Jones.
Jones had a superior season statistically to rookie Easton Stick. But Easton sticks at the third quarterback behind Philip Rivers and Tyrod Taylor.
With the foot surgery undergone by Derwin James, pressure falls on his backup at strong safety, Rayshawn Jenkins.
James had the unique ability to rush the passer as well as cover.
The Chargers will begin the season without holdout running back Melvin Gordon.
The Lightning Bolts went 4-0 in games Gordon missed a year ago.
His absence created a spot for rookie Troymaine Pope behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson on the depth chart.
The Jacksonville State product had an explosive preseason highlighted by a punt return touchdown vs. New Orleans.