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5 Dark Horse Candidates To Make St. Louis Rams’ Roster

5 Dark Horse Candidates To Make St. Louis Rams' Roster

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The last few spots on an NFL roster are viciously fought over. The St. Louis Rams have a tough battle in the league's most challenging division. Some surprises will end up on Jeff Fisher's final roster. Who could they be?

5. WR Austin Franklin

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5. WR Austin Franklin

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The undrafted rookie from New Mexico caught a nice 15 yard touchdown in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. He showed good body control, a well-timed jump and strong hands. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, but he runs strong through tacklers. He also had a 27 yard kickoff return this week. If he can show special teams value to go with receiving skills, he may sneak onto this roster.

4. WR Justin Veltung

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4. WR Justin Veltung

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The second-year pro from Idaho caught no passes in his rookie year but did return seven punts for 61 yards after spending some time in the Seattle Seahawks camp. He's about the same build as Franklin, so likely only one of the two will stay. The deciding factor will be special teams ability. Veltung was a brief Youtube hit last year when he displayed a freakish 56 inch standing box jump.

3. TE Alex Bayer

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3. TE Alex Bayer

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The door is open for Alex Bayer, because Mason Bodine fractured his ankle in the Saints game and will miss the rest of the season. He made the most of the opportunity by catching five passes for 71 yards, including a galloping 42 yard gain. The 6-foot-4, 258 pound UDFA from Bowling Green could find a spot behind Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks if he can improve his blocking.

2. DB Greg Reid

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2. DB Greg Reid

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Jeff Fisher must see potential in the former Florida State star. Greg Reid led the NCAA in punt return average in 2009 and was the Defensive MVP of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was then dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues, transferred to Valdosta State, and had two knee surgeries. Just after being signed in March, he was arrested and spent a week in jail for parole violation. He needs to focus and stay clean to make this team.

1. LB Ray Ray Armstrong

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1. LB Ray Ray Armstrong

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The converted safety from Miami made an impression in his rookie year on both ends of the punt team. He also led the Rams in special teams holding penalties. At 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, he needs to add some bulk to compete as a linebacker, but he's already added almost 20 pounds of muscle since college. His pass rushing skills are better than his pass coverage. If he excels at blitzing, he may find room in Gregg Williams' defense.