St. Louis Rams Add Emory Blake, Justice Cunningham, Travis Bond to Practice Squad


After promoting linebacker Korey Toomer, offensive lineman Brandon Washington, and defensive back Jemea Thomas to the active roster within the past few days, losing offensive lineman Mike Remmers to the Carolina Panthers, and releasing rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the St. Louis Rams had an incredible five vacancies on their practice squad. After adding tackle Steven Baker to the group on Tuesday night, the Rams added three more players on Wednesday afternoon, adding wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Justice Cunningham, and offensive lineman Travis Bond. All three players were in training camp with the Rams this year.

Blake, one of five Auburn graduates in the Rams’ system, was away from the team for just a short time. After being on the practice squad since last season, Blake was released from the squad last Monday along with veteran wideout Austin Pettis after both reportedly showed up late to a team meeting. Apparently Blake’s familiarity with the system ended up prevailing, and he now becomes a member of a practice squad that has three receivers, though they are supporting a 53-man roster that now only has four wideouts in Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Kenny Britt, and Tavon Austin.

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Cunningham made the Rams’ initial 53-man roster but was released before the opener with an injury settlement that he received as the result of a high ankle sprain suffered in the preseason finale. Considered to be a strong in-line blocker and special teams player, Cunningham was brought into the Rams’ system late last season after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, who selected him with the final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Bond, who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers last season, was in training camp with the Rams and actually performed pretty well before struggling mightily in the preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder has great size, and he has the potential to be a legitimate mauler at guard.

The Rams have one practice squad vacancy left to fill. It’s been speculated that they will fill that spot with recently-released quarterback Case Keenum if he clears waivers later today.