Rams: Lessons learned from first official depth chart

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The Los Angeles Rams released their first official depth chart on Monday, in preparation for Saturday’s preseason opener versus the Dallas Cowboys.

This depth chart is the team’s first in L.A. since 1994. Here are a few takeaways from the release.

Receivers remain the status quo

Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt remain the top receivers on the depth chart, despite unimpressive seasons a year ago.

Rookies Michael Thomas, Duke Williams, and Pharoh Cooper were expected to challenge them. Still, those three guys remain buried on the depth chart.

T.J. McDonald lasted as third-string

After an arrest for a DUI this offseason, McDonald has not yet got his starting position back.

The safety is also returning from a shoulder surgery that ended his season last year. 2014 fourth-round pick Maurice Alexander leads the USC alum as the current starter at strong safety. However, McDonald has seen plenty of reps with the starting defense.

Tre Mason in the other category

Mason is lucky to see his name on the depth chart, after lots of off-field headlines including recently saying he was not going to Rams camp.

Benny Cunningham leads a group of unknowns for the top backup spot behind running back Todd Gurley.

Lamarcus Joyner winning corner spot

After losing Janoris Jenkins in free agency, Los Angeles had a huge opening for a starting corner. Some felt it would be E.J. Gaines who started in 2014 but missed all last season with a foot injury.

Instead, Gaines is third-string. Third-year corner Lamarcus Joyner currently occupies the corner role opposite Trumaine Johnson.

Jared Goff not starting

No surprise here. Los Angeles maintains that Case Keenum will get the start at quarterback, while they bring No. 1 pick Jared Goff along slowly.

Thus far, reports indicate that Goff has shown promise but also suffered growing pains. It remains to be seen if Goff can pass Keenum before the first regular season game.

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