After a few unexpected moves in their roster cuts, the St Louis Rams did something a bit more expected over the weekend by adding some more depth to their offensive and defensive lines. The club remains very thin in both areas, but will likely be just hoping to find a contributor or two out of the recently added players.
Where the fun began with the Rams was when they shipped wide receiver Greg Salas to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed 2015 draft pick. The team also severed ties with cornerback Jerome Murphy who was a third round pick two years ago.
The new players signed post-roster cuts were running back Terrance Ganaway, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, and offensive guard Shelley Smith.
Ganaway ran the ball quite well at Baylor with 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season. He is 6’1” 240lbs and quite a load to tackle, but failed to stick with the New York Jets who drafted him in the sixth round.
Heard is well-known by Rams’ defensive line coach Mike Waufle from his time with the Oakland Raiders. He is 6’6” 339lbs. and could provide some much needed depth in the team’s defensive tackle rotation.
Offensive tackle Nsekhe was with the Indianapolis Colts a year ago after three years spent in the Arena Football League. Guard Smith was drafted a year ago by the Houston Texans in the sixth round, but found himself on injured reserve and was eventually let go. Both have tremendous size and could be quality depth guys with the team if they can stick.
These players aren’t likely to become top-tier players any time soon, but the Rams are just hopeful they can contribute if called upon in the year ahead. The team desperately needs some quality depth and they hope they have found a gem or two in these new additions.
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