Rams Announce Roster Moves

Bobby Carpenter (AP/Tom Gannam)

The St. Louis Rams announced their roster moves late Saturday night. Two of the biggest surprises were releasing linebacker Bobby Carpenter, a former first-round draft pick acquired in a trade with the Cowboys, and keeping undrafted rookie quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

The 22 players cut when the roster was trimmed from 75 to 53 were: quarterback Keith Null, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, fullback Dennis Morris, wide receivers Jordan Kent, Danario Alexander and Brandon McRae, tight end Darcy Johnson, offensive linemen Roger Allen, Tim Mattran, Ryan McKee, Drew Miller and Eric Young (injured reserve), defensive linemen Victor Adeyanju and Ernest Reid, linebackers Carpenter, Devin Bishop and Cardia Jackson and defensive backs Kevin Payne (injured reserve), Quincy Butler, Marquis Johnson, Antoine Thompson and Brett Johnson.

The Rams kept three quarterbacks (Sam Bradford, A.J. Feeley and Lewis), four running backs (Steven Jackson, Mike Karney, Kenneth Darby, Keith Toston), six wide receivers (Laurent Robinson, Danny Amendola, Mardy Gilyard, Brandon Gibson, Keenan Burton and Dominique Curry), four tight ends (Billy Bajema, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui and Fendi Onobun), eight offensive linemen (Jason Brown, Jason Smith, Rodger Saffold, Jacob Bell, Adam Goldberg, Hank Fraley, John Greco, Renardo Foster), 10 defensive linemen (Chris Long, Fred Robbins, Gary Gibson, Clifton Ryan, James Hall, Eugene Sims, George Selvie, Jermelle Cudjo, Darell Scott, C.J. Ah You), six linebackers (James Laurinaitis, Larry Grant, Na'il Diggs, David Vobora, Chris Chamberlain, Josh Hull), nine defensive backs (Oshiomogho Atogwe, Ron Bartell, Bradley Fletcher, James Butler, Kevin Dockery, Jerome Murphy, Justin King, Craig Dahl, and Darian Stewart) and three special teamers (kicker Josh Brown, punter Donnie Jones and long-snapper Chris Massey).

Nine of the 11 players the Rams drafted this spring made the team. The two exceptions were defensive end Hall Davis (fifth round), who was traded to the Washington Redskins, and cornerback Marquis Johnson (seventh round).

The Rams kept five undrafted rookie free agents: quarterback Thaddeus Lewis (Duke), running back Keith Toston (Oklahoma State), wide receiver Dominique Curry (California University of Pennsylvania), defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo (Central Oklahoma) and safety Darian Stewart (South Carolina).

That leaves the Rams with 14 rookies on the 53-man roster, though the regular-season roster could look different in a few days depending on who the Rams claim on waivers.

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