Breaking down the Rams' roster: offense

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ST. LOUIS — The Rams trimmed their roster to 53 players on Saturday but have already made some slight adjustments, putting one tight end on injured reserve after the addition of a quarterback. Here's a quick look at the St. Louis offense.

Quarterback (3)
Shaun Hill
Austin Davis
Case Keenum

Hill is 13-13 as a starter in his career and has put up respectable numbers with the Vikings, 49ers and Lions over the years, mostly as a backup. He has a 61.9 percent completion rate, 41-23 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 85.9 QB rating in 34 career games. He was impressive in the preseason opener against the Saints, completing five of seven passes for 84 yards and two scores, but completed just three of 10 pass attempts for 59 yards in his final two preseason games. … Davis looked good this preseason — 61.9 percent, four touchdowns, one interception, 103.5 QB rating — but has yet to appear in an NFL game. … Keenum was claimed on waivers from the Texans and offers some experience as a reverse even though he’s only in his second season out of Houston.

Running back (5)
Zac Stacy
Benny Cunningham
Trey Watts
Tre Mason
Chase Reynolds

It was a bit of a surprise that the Rams kept five running backs on the 53-man roster, but there are good reasons for each of the five players. … Stacy was a revelation a year ago as a rookie fifth rounder as he racked up 973 yards rushing, 141 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in just 14 games. He didn’t get a lot of work this preseason but figures to be a workhorse for the Rams in 2014. … Cunningham averaged 5.6 yards per carry as an undrafted rookie a season ago and looked strong this preseason when he averaged 5.3 yards per carry on just 15 attempts. … Watts, an undrafted rookie out of Tulsa, earned a roster spot after an impressive preseason, which included a 4.2-yards-per-carry average and one rushing touchdown. … Mason, the third-round pick from Auburn, led the Rams in rushing yardage this preseason (124 yards) but averaged just 2.9 per attempt. … Reynolds earned a roster spot in 2013 because of his special teams contributions and he’ll be a valuable member of the roster again this season.

Wide receivers (5)
Kenny Britt
Brian Quick
Tavon Austin
Chris Givens
Austin Pettis

Second-year wideout Stedman Bailey will join this group after his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. … Britt’s fresh start in St. Louis seems to have rejuvenated the 25-year-old veteran. He and Quick, a former second-rounder who is poised for a possible breakout season, give the Rams two bigger, stronger weapons on the perimeter who could be matchup problems for opponents. … Austin impressed at times during his rookie campaign before it was cut short by an ankle injury. It will be interesting to see how the Rams try to get him the ball. … Givens is looking for a bounce back season after he struggled during his sophomore campaign. But he’s got the speed to get behind defensive backs or turn short passes into long gains. … Pettis is the elder statesman of this group, at just 26 years old, and like Britt brings experience that can help his younger teammates.

Tight ends (4)
Jared Cook
Lance Kendricks
Cory Harkey
Alex Bayer

The Rams originally kept five tight ends on the 53-man roster, but then Justice Cunningham was put on injured reserve after the Rams claimed Keenum off waivers. … Cook was St. Louis’s leading receiver in his first season with the Rams when he caught 51 passes for 671 yards and five touchdowns, but after his remarkable debut against the Cardinals (seven catches, 141 yards, two touchdowns) he wasn’t as much of a factor in the team’s offense. … Kendricks is a dependable option as a second tight end who can catch or block. He had four touchdown receptions in 2012 and then four more in 2013. … Harkey is more blocker than receiver but can also make plays in the passing game when called upon, as evidenced by his two touchdown catches last season. … Bayer, an undrafted rookie, impressed as a receiver throughout training camp and the preseason.

Offensive line (9)
Jake Long
Rodger Saffold
Scott Wells
Davin Joseph
Joe Barksdale
Greg Robinson
Tim Barnes
Mike Person
Barrett Jones

There will be a lot of questions about this group this season, including whether they can stay healthy. Long, Wells and Saffold all missed time with injuries last season. … Long, who is returning from an ACL injury, looked very rusty in his only preseason action, against the Browns. … Saffold is a key member of the line because of his versatility. He could end up starting at either right or left guard and played both right and left tackle last season. … Wells, 33, has played in just 19 of 32 games in his first two years with the Rams because of injuries. … Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowler, was signed this offseason for depth after being cut by the Buccaneers, but could end up starting at right guard. … Barksdale emerged as a dependable right tackle last season after Saffold went down with an injury. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. … Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, was penciled in as the Ram’s starting left guard for the first two preseason games but struggled and then did not start in the third game at Cleveland. St. Louis has moved him back and forth between left guard and left tackle, where he played at Auburn, and he’s had a lot of reps this preseason but appears to be a work in progress. … Barnes started four games at center in 2013 with Wells hurt. … Person showed his versatility this preseason by playing tackle, guard and center. … Jones appeared in three games as a rookie in 2013 and looked to contribute as an interior lineman but is recovering from an injury going into the 2014 regular season.

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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