Defensive linemen Quinton Coples was once a 2012 first-round pick of the New York Jets, but now he will look for work as the Los Angeles Rams made him one of 14 people cut before Monday’s 75-man roster deadline.
Meanwhile, 13 players were waived, including: quarterback Dylan Thompson, receivers Marquez North and David Richards, tight ends Benson Browne and Jake Stoneburner, running back Zach Laskey, center Brian Folkerts, offensive lineman Jordan Swindle, defensive lineman Zach Colvin, linebacker Darreon Herring, safety Michael Caputo, kicker Taylor Bertolet and long snapper Jeff Overbaugh.
Nonetheless, Coples was the most notable name cut this week. His contract was voided, despite 16 1/2 sacks in 62 appearances over his three-year NFL career.
Head coach Jeff Fisher said he did not see Coples making the final roster, so he wanted to give Coples a chance to find more work.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Fisher said Coples did a good job during his lone offseason with the Rams. Coples moved from defensive end to tackle over the past few weeks. Fisher said he appreciated Coples’ willingness to change positions.
Otherwise, Fisher said Los Angeles may keep the door open for him.
The Rams head coach said Coples did a good job during his lone offseason with the franchise.
Coples moved from defensive end to tackle over the past few weeks. Fisher said he appreciated Coples’ willingness to change positions.
Either way, the Rams will still have tough decisions to make on the defensive line. It is one of their deepest positions thanks to Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, Michael Brockers, Eugene Sims, Dominique Easley, and some other young players.
Fisher added that the tough decisions for the final roster will come down to the Rams’ depth at other positions. Will they have the depth to carry 10 or nine defensive linemen, with fewer players at other positions?
That is a question the Rams will try to answer during Friday’s preseason game versus the Vikings. Usually, starters rarely play in an NFL team’s final preseason game. Those reps are usually given to lesser players trying to make an impression, before the final 53-man roster cuts.
Like every NFL team, the Rams will need to trim their roster down to 53-players by Sept. 3.
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