Saturday was a difficult day for a lot of players as more than 1,100 guys were released by their respective teams and left without jobs. It’s all a part of the league-wide cutdown day, forcing teams to trim their rosters from 90 to the maximum of 53 players.
The Los Angeles Rams made their final roster moves to get to that magic number, both by cutting players and placing some on injured reserve. With such a stacked roster, the Rams did have some difficult decisions to make, including some surprising ones.
Short Tee Round Printed Back Letter Neck Smile Sleeve Face Here are the four most shocking cuts they made before Saturday’s deadline.
The Rams took a flyer on Howard in the seventh round, hoping to strike gold with a Mark Barron-type player. He’s an athletic defender with great range at the second and third levels, bringing experience at both safety and linebacker. The Rams tried him at linebacker during camp and the preseason, but an injury held him back.
He missed the first two preseason games due to the ankle injury and simply couldn’t fight his way back onto the roster. Despite being limited by the ankle issue, it’s still a bit surprising to see Howard gone. Some viewed him as a potential replacement for Barron down the line, as well as an immediate contributor in sub-packages as a hybrid defender.
He was the lone rookie draft pick to be cut by the Rams as Los Angeles kept 10 of its 11 selections.