The St. Louis Rams began trimming their roster on Monday, preparing for the NFL’s league-wide cutdown to 75 players on Tuesday at 3PM Central. The team released wide receivers T.J. Moe and Jordan Harris, offensive linemen R.J. Dill and D.J. Morrell, fullback Kadeem Jones, linebackers Johnny Millard and Pat Schiller (who was cut with a waived/injured designation), cornerback Jarrid Bryant, long snapper Jorgen Hus, and punter Bobby Cowan.
With these cuts, the Rams will need to release as many as four players before tomorrow’s deadline. They could also trim the roster by placing quarterback Sam Bradford, who suffered a torn ACL on Saturday, or centers Barrett Jones and Demetrius Rhaney, who both are out for at least the rest of the preseason thanks to back and knee injuries, respectively, on injured reserve. The roster currently stands at 79 players, so placing all three of those guys on IR would necessitate only one more cut.
None of the cuts on Monday were exceptionally surprising. Moe’s release will be the hardest for many Rams fans to deal with, due to the fact that he grew up in St. Louis, starred at Mizzou, and is guy who just all around is easy to root for. But he faced a tough numbers crunch with the Rams and never got too much of an opportunity.
Bryant and Harris also showed some nice flashes during camp and could earn chances with other teams. Bryant, a 6-foot-3 corner who recently transitioned to the position from wide receiver, has popped up and made some plays at practice over the past week. With his size, he may be very desirable to another club.
Harris, a rookie out of Bryant University, made some big catches during practice and during the second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. His greatest skills, however, were on special teams, where he showed the ability to be a dominant gunner on the punt team. A team that can afford to give a roster spot to a special teams specialist may be able to accommodate the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder.
After this round of cuts, the Rams will have to trim an additional 22 players from the roster following Thursday night’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. However, as many as 10 of those players can be brought back to serve as members of the Rams’ practice squad, thanks to a recent decision made in conjunction by the league and the NFLPA.