At least 22 more players will be cut from the St. Louis Rams roster before the start of the 2013 season. It’s a safe assumption that more than 22 will be cut, because someone, somewhere will probably waive/release somebody in whom the Rams have a bit more interest than they do in the very fringe guys on their roster.
Before that happens, though, St. Louis will have to make decisions regarding which uniform numbers will continue to be in use this year and—more importantly—who will wear them.
The first iteration of the Rams’ 53-man roster last season included: two quarterbacks, four running backs, six wide receivers, four tight ends, eight offensive linemen, four defensive ends, five defensive tackles, six linebackers, six cornerbacks, five safeties and three specialists.
For simplicity’s sake, we’ll assume a similar setup this time around. Chances are, the roster will look different after it gets down to 53 for the first time, anyway.
One last note: Suspended players do not count against the roster limit for the duration of their suspension. Since Isaiah Pead is suspended for a game, the Rams can conceivably delay their decision of whether to keep Benny Cunningham or Chase Reynolds for another week or so.
Or they could just proceed with Daryl Richardson, Zac Stacy and Cunningham for Week 1 and use the extra spot elsewhere for their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.