The St. Louis Rams made the final 20 cuts of training camp on Saturday, and now have their roster number down to the league-mandated total of 53 players, as we stand with one week to go before the regular season NFL opener next Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
There were no real shockers amongst the final training camp cuts, although some were surprised to see backup quarterback Austin Davis get the axe. Some thought as training camp progressed, he might have earned the No. 2 quarterback job.
But head coach Jeff Fisher felt veteran Kellen Clemens' performance in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, when the eighth-year man out of Oregon completed 13-of-18 passes for 188 yards and a 105.8 passer rating was enough to prove he deserved to be the club's primary backup QB, even though he had a pretty rough night the week before against the Green Bay Packers with a 0.0 passer rating.
“His rough night (against) Green Bay — he played a little bit later, didn’t have as great a supporting cast, and Green Bay was doing a lot of exotic pressures,” Fisher said . “He was under siege. Last night, he had protection, which he would if he’s going to be in the game with the starters. I thought he executed and did a nice job.”
The other players let go by the Rams on Saturday, included WR Emory Blake; DL Mason Brodine; LB Sammy Brown; S Cody Davis; DT Garrett Goebel; S Rashard Hall; OL Sean Hooey; LB Josh Hull; WR Nick Johnson; TE Phil Lutzenkirchen; CB Andre Martin; OT Ty Nsekhe; TE Zach Potter; FB Eric Stevens; CB Drew Thomas; WR Kyle Veltung; DE R.J. Washington; CB Darren Woodard; and OT D.J. Young.
St. Louis had 75 players coming into the weekend, but because RB Isaiah Pead and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar both received league suspensions for violating the NFL's policy against substance abuse (Pead got one game, Dunbar will miss four), they did not count against the Rams' 53-man limit.