Breaking down the Rams overall roster was very interesting. I first looked at the Rams roster by experience, or the number of years the players have been in the NFL.

General manager Billy Devaney has done a good job drafting, once he took over the helm, with future Pro Bowlers in Sam Bradford, James Laurinaitis and Rodger Saffold.

After rookie seasons, players become veterans and earn what is called an accrued season, which dictates the level of retirement they receive. The Rams currently have zero first-year players, 13 second-year players, eight third-year players, four fourth-year players, three fifth-year players, four sixth-year players, seven seventh-year players, four eighth-year players, one ninth-year player, three 10th-year players, one 11th-year player, two 12th-year players and one 14th-year player.

Let’s take a look at age. The oldest player on the roster is Al Harris at 36. The Rams have 10 players including Harris over the age of 30: Adam Goldberg, 31; Jacob Bell, 30; Jason Brown, 32; Ben Leber, 32; Justin Bannan, 32; Quintin Mikell, 30; A.J. Feeley, 34; Fred Robbins, 34; and James Hall, 34.

I always find it interesting to look at each NFL roster and see how many players come from small colleges and which school was the smallest. For the Rams roster the winner is California (Pa.), a Division II school.

My Twitter account blew up after the Rams’ 53-man roster was released. A lot of fans were extremely happy for Danario Alexander and upset and confused about Donnie Avery’s release. For me, it is a split decision. Avery is coming off another injury (knee) and has not completed a full season in his short tenure in the NFL. Despite the long grueling rehab and working his way back into the starting lineup, it was a struggle as I watched during training camp.

Keeping Alexander was a heartfelt decision. He has fought through pain, practiced with a swollen knee and came back the next day after getting it drained and trained with passion and heart. For me, the knee will never get any better, just only worse and he will need another surgical procedure at some point during the season. I would not have given him the green light to make the 53-man roster.

The insurance policy is Mark Clayton (an unrestricted free agent signed while the Rams flew to their final preseason game in Jacksonville). After talking with Clayton on Monday, he is ready to rock and roll, and yes he is the third receiver I’ve mentioned. He is also coming off season-ending knee surgery from 2010, just like Avery.

OK, so pick your poison, a receiver with an arthritic knee, bone on bone and still needs another surgery but makes plays down field outside the numbers, or a receiver that has not been able to stay healthy for three straight seasons, or a player that has playtime and injured his knee last season after a few games that changed the landscape of the Rams’ receiver group since the departure of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. At the end of the day, Clayton will emerge to help lead the Rams into the playoffs in 2011.

Listed below is the Rams roster as it stands right now. This could, and will, change due to roster upgrades and injuries:

2011 St Louis Rams Roster


8 Sam Bradford

4 A.J. Feeley

Running Backs

39 Steven Jackson

33 Carnell Williams (Cadillac)

34 Jerious Norwood

49 Brit Miller (fullback)

Tight Ends

47 Billy Bajema

81 Stephen Spach

86 Michael Hoomanawanui

88 Lance Kendricks (R)

Wide Receivers

10 Mike Sims-Walker

11 Brandon Gibson

15 Dominique Curry

16 Danny Amendola

83 Austin Pettis (R)

84 Danario Alexander

87 Greg Salas (R)

Offensive Line

60 Jason Brown

62 Harvey Dahl

63 Jacob Bell

64 Tony Wragge

67 Drew Miller

73 Adam Goldberg

76 Rodger Saffold

77 Jason Smith


21 Justin King

24 Ron Bartell

31 Al Harris

32 Bradley Fletcher


20 Darian Stewart

21 Quintin Mikell

22 Jermale Hines (R)

37 James Butler

43 Craig Dahl


50 Bryan Kehl

51 Brady Poppinga

52 Jabara Williams (R)

55 James Laurinaitis

56 Josh Hull

57 Chris Chamberlain

59 Ben Leber

Defensive Line

71 Gary Gibson

91 Chris Long

92 Eugene Sims

94 Robert Quinn (R)

95 Justin Bannan

96 James Hall

97 Darell Scott

98 Fred Robbins

99 CJ Ah You


3 Josh Brown

5 Donnie Jones

44 Jake McQuaide