The Los Angeles Rams announced they signed 16 players to their practice squad for the upcoming 2023 season.
The players are as follows: offensive lineman A.J. Acuri, offensive lineman Logan Bruss, defensive tackle Marquise Copeland, running back Royce Freeman, defensive back Tanner Ingle, wide receiver Tyler Johnson, tight end Nikola Kalinic, offensive lineman Mike McAllister, defensive back Cameron McCutcheon, offensive lineman Grant Miller, linebacker Troy Reeder, quarterback Brett Rypien, wide receiver Xavier Zmith, outside linebacker Keir Thomas II, wide receiver Austin Trammell, and kicker Brett Maher.
Of the group, six of them are veteran players while the rest are either former draft picks or undrafted free agents. Additionally, 14 of the players were with the Rams during training camp and preseason, with the two exceptions being Reeder and Maher.
Four offensive lineman make up the 16, headlined by Bruss and Acuri. The next position group with the most players is wide receiver with three featuring Johnson.
The defensive backs who were signed in Ingle and McCutcheon made impressions during training camp and preseason, making them logical targets to bring back. Thomas also was an easy choice to sign to the practice squad as he showed some potential on the edge, a glaring weak spot on the current 53-man roster.
The most interesting signing is Maher who spent the 2022 season with the Dallas Cowboys. Los Angeles decided to release Tanner Brown who was the only kicker they had during training camp and preseason, so there’s a good chance Maher makes the roster.
Rypien, Freeman and Kalinic are the the only players at their skill positions and make for interesting depth options should injuries come into play during 2023. Rypien split starting quarterback reps with Stetson Bennett during preseason, while Freeman and Kalinic each got some run.
Overall, the Rams appear to have shored up most of the shallow spots on the roster and it will be interesting to see if anyone on the group stands out enough for a call up.
Sean Mcvay explains surprising decision to cut Logan Bruss
The most surprising cut for the Rams was Bruss who they switched over from guard back to his natural tackle position. The second-year player was finally able to come back after suffering a torn ACL and MCL last preseason.
When discussing the decision to cut Bruss, McVay explained that they kept an open mind with the offensive line competition and the 10 players they kept had earned their spot.