Key takeaways from Rams general manager Les Snead’s press conference on initial 2022 53-man roster
McCutcheon reflects on journey back to OTAs
During team activities held this spring, Snead recalled that the Rams did a “moderate” version of the walkthroughs, with their contributors not playing in the preseason against their group of younger players and less experienced in competitive exercises.
It was in this setting that McCutcheon started performing making plays, putting him on the radar.
“So his march to make our team probably started there, continued in pre-season games, and we felt like (with) everything he showed, he was definitely worthy. to make our 53,” Snead said.
Keir Thomas will have ‘a chance to be active on game day’
Thomas, an undrafted rookie free agent from Florida State, impressed in the preseason finale and will have the opportunity to be activated on game days as seventh-round rookie pick Daniel Hardy recovers from a pre-season ankle injury. (Hardy will eventually go to injured reserve/designated for return, according to Snead.)
Thomas was one of three UDFAs to make the team, joining McCutcheon and linebacker Jake Hummel.
Thomas and McCutcheon’s performance impacted Jacob Harris and Chris Garrett’s roster decisions
Two moves that surprised fans and outside observers on Tuesday were the lifting of Harris and Garrett.
According to Snead, McCutcheon’s performance “played a big part in knocking Jacob off the roster, in terms of having a better pre-season as a wide receiver.”
Harris suffered a groin injury in training camp that sidelined him until Week 2 against the Texans.
Similarly, Garrett also suffered a groin injury in camp, but that kept him out until the preseason finale against the Bengals, and Thomas’ performance was also a factor there. -down.
“During pre-season, Keir Thomas was someone who we felt played a more complete game of football overall,” Snead said. “Even though Chris is definitely someone with a little physicality, a little juice in his body, to affect the setter, but not quite there yet. And I think missing part of that training camp is not didn’t give him a chance to fully come back.”
The main offensive staff dictated two tight ends
As noted in the analysis article on the initial roster of 53 players, the Rams have registered just two tight ends this year compared to four last year.
According to Snead, this decision was influenced by the fact that the Rams were an 11-person heavy team – which means deploying a running back, a tight end and three wide receivers – and using an offensive lineman as a third tight end. at the end of last season when they started using jumbo formations for running play.
Snead said they would try to bring a few tight ends back into the practice squad, but given those factors it seemed like two made the most sense, especially for the group of 48 players who will be active on the day. Match.