St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said at his Friday press conference that even though final cuts had to be done by 8 p.m. that evening, his club would continue to look at possible moves throughout the weekend, as the Rams get ready for next week’s NFL season opener in Detroit.
Well, he wasn’t lying, as the Rams made a flurry of moves to improve the roster, including trading away 2011 fourth-round draft pick Greg Salas and cutting 2010 third-round draft pick Jerome Murphy, while also picking up two new players from the waiver wire, and signing several players to their practice squad.
The surprise move of the day was the trade of Salas, who the Rams sent to the New England Patriots for a late-round draft pick in 2015.
The former University of Hawaii star was selected by the Rams’ last front office staff as a potential big play target for quarterback Sam Bradford.
But things never worked out for Salas, who played in just six games during an injury-plagued rookie season, quickly fell out of favor with the coaching staff for running inaccurate routes and showing sloppy hands in training camp.
Salas did though, win one of the Rams’ seven wide receiver roster slots, and with Austin Pettis suspended the first two weeks of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, it seemed like Salas’ spot on the roster was secure.
Instead, the Rams decided to cut ties with Salas, and go with a short-handed receiving corps into Week 1 against Detroit.
Around midday, the Rams claimed two players off waivers, running back Terrance Ganaway from the New York Jets and defensive tackle Kellen Heard from the Buffalo Bills.
To make room for the two new players, the Rams had to cut somebody else. That’s when Murphy got the axe, after not winning one of the team’s top four cornerback slots.
St. Louis also signed six players to its eight-man practice squad, all of whom were in camp with the club this summer.
Those players are running back Chase Reynolds, wide receiver Nick Johnson, tight end Cory Harkey, offensive lineman Tim Barnes, defensive end Mason Brodine, and linebacker Aaron Brown, the Rams’ seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, and the only player from that class not to survive final cuts on Friday.
The Rams have two spots open on their practice squad, and had hoped to bring back linebacker Sammy Brown and tight end DeAngelo Peterson, but Brown was claimed by the Miami Dolphins and is on their active roster, and Peterson was signed to the Washington Redskins’ practice squad.
After getting the day off on Friday and Saturday, the Rams will get back to practice today at the Continuity X Training Center in Earth City, then get one more day off Monday for the Labor Day holiday, before getting back to work Tuesday for the season opener next Sunday.