The LA Rams made it at the deadline, just as everyone knew that they would. The Rams were able to negotiate a last-minute trade, just as we knew that they would. And over the past 48 hours, the quiet and serene calm betrayed a flurry of activity as the deadline drew dangerously close. The team has once more pruned down the original 90-man roster to an initial 53-man limit.
Now, as the team analyzes the 800+ players released, we have a chance to do a bit of analysis of our own. Who did the team settle on for their 2021 NFL season run? Who did the organization part ways with to achieve their 53-man roster threshold? And perhaps just as importantly, who will the LA Rams be signing from the group the players who were released to their practice squad in 24 hours?
It was the old military adage today: “Hurry up and wait!” sort of pace today, where news trickled in almost painstakingly slowly. Seconds dragged on into minutes, minutes into hours. All other matters that fill the typical day had become inconveniences as the task of being present when the announcements came from the LA Rams over the players who were being waived.
Rams roster big reveal
Those trickles never came. Instead, an occasional LA Rams tidbit was dropped by Adam Schefter or Ian Rapoport. If you were not willing to stomach hours of monitoring hours of social media traffic for the hope of catching something about the LA Rams, you had the option of staying glued to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue or ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. They both did incredible jobs of providing at least a steady flow of Rams-related information. But even they had to pause, sometimes for long periods of time, when no news was forthcoming.
Eventually, the news was forthcoming. Like trying to get a drink of water from a firehose, it came bursting from every source. Players appeared on the practice field. Rumors of Johnny Hekker reworking a contract to stay with the team. More reports of one at-the-wire trade by the Rams with the Green Bay Packers.And then, the Rams’ official page reflected a 53-man roster.
And here they are:
Introducing your 2021 Los Angeles Rams! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/6dQETkr6s0
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 31, 2021
So here we go, the initial 53-man roster, and everything we can make out over who the Rams stuck with this year