St Louis Rams release QB Taylor Potts, add WR Jared Jenkins

By Ethan Novak

The St Louis Rams have released former Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, according to the St Louis Rams official twitter.

This move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Potts was an un-drafted free agent who came to the Rams as a long shot to beat out Thad Lewis for the third-string quarterback job.  In the Rams’ opening preseason game, Potts received a transient amount of playing time and never even got to throw a single pass.  With Lewis making good a few good plays during his playing time, it appears the Rams are comfortable with keeping the same exact set of quarterbacks that they had last season.

Potts will certainly receive an opportunity elsewhere, whether it be in the NFL, CFL, or UFL.  He has ideal size at 6’4″ and 218 lbs, and he possesses an arm that should attract plenty of teams.  Mix in the fact that he threw for 3,726 yards and 35 touchdowns during his final college season, and I’m willing to bet some other NFL team will at least want to take a look.

Replacing Potts on the roster will be wide receiver Jared Jenkins, an un-drafted rookie free agent out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point who was initially with the team for one day last week before being cut.  Jenkins joins a crowded wide receiver group that struggled in the preseason opener and is still without veterans Donnie Avery and, assuming they resign him soon, Mark Clayton.  While this move is likely only for the purpose of adding depth, Jenkins does possess some desirable tools.  He is 6’4” and 215 lbs, which would make him the second biggest receiver on the team behind only Danario Alexander.  He has big-play capability with his blend of size and speed, but it is yet to see how those skills translate to the NFL.

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