Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Trim 20 to Get Roster Set; Rams Notebook; Twenty-Nine of 53 Are in First or Second NFL Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Trim 20 to Get Roster Set; Rams Notebook; Twenty-Nine of 53 Are in First or Second NFL Season

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The Rams made it all official Saturday, sending in the names of 20 players they were releasing to the NFL office and thus reaching the 53-man roster limit. There were no surprises or changes in the group based on what was reported by the Post-Dispatch a day earlier.

Here's the list of the 20 players released, listed alphabetically and sorted by offense and defense:

Offense: WR Emory Blake, QB Austin Davis, OL Sean Hooey, WR Nick Johnson, TE Phil Lutzenkirchen, OT Ty Nsekhe, TE Zach Potter, FB Eric Stevens, WR Kyle Veltung, OT D.J. Young.

Defense: DE Mason Brodine, DE/LB Sammy Brown, S Cody Davis, DT Garrett Goebel, S Rashard Hall, LB Josh Hull, CB Andre Martin, CB Drew Thomas, DE R.J. Washington, CB Darren Woodard.

Twelve of the 20 players released were signed during the spring as undrafted free agents. Only three players in the group appeared in regular-season games for the Rams last season: Hull, Nsekhe, and Brown.

Hull, a seventh-round draft pick out of Penn State by the Rams in 2010, appeared in 16 games with one start last season recording five tackles with one pass breakup. Known more for his special teams play, he had eight special teams stops in 2012. All told he appeared in 28 games for the Rams, with that only start coming in London against the New England Patriots.

Brown appeared in one game last season in a reserve role. Nsekhe played in two early-season games a year ago; he was waived/injured because of an ankle problem.

To reach the 53-man limit, the Rams also placed RB Isaiah Pead (one game) and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (four games) on the reserve- suspended list.

ROSTER MAKEUP

At the roster currently stands, the Rams have only two quarterbacks and five wide receivers. They have more linemen than is customary on both sides of the ball, with 10 offensive linemen and nine defensive linemen. They also have 10 defensive backs, six linebackers, four tights ends, four running backs, and three specialists. …

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