- Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer
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Most significant move: There's not much in the way of surprises for the Rams in the initial round of cuts, with the minor exception of cornerback Imoan Claiborne. Claiborne flashed potential in the preseason with an interception in the opener against Oakland and a pass breakup on a deep ball against Indianapolis. But Claiborne likely will be remembered most for punching Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant in the face during the brawl between the two teams in Oxnard, California. Coach Jeff Fisher called Claiborne a practice squad candidate, but the Rams kept two other undrafted rookie corners ahead of him for the preseason finale, so it would seem to be no sure thing that Claiborne will stay with the team.
Fifth corner spot up for grabs? Earlier this week, Fisher said there are four cornerback spots locked down, which would leave room for some competition for a potential fifth spot. Brandon McGee is still on the roster and would seem to be the favorite among those remaining. But McGee also hasn't been on the field much in the past year and hasn't had major contributions in two-plus years at the NFL level. Undrafted rookies Trovon Reed and Montell Garner are also still around. But don't be surprised if the Rams look outside the building for a veteran to add depth.
What's next: The Rams must get the roster down to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. First, they'll wrap up the preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.
Rams cuts: OT Steven Baker, OT Travis Bond, CB Imoan Claiborne, S Jay Hughes, LB Keshaun Malone, LS Tyler Ott, K/P Michael Palardy, WR Tyler Slavin, TE Brad Smelley (waived/injured), LB Korey Toomer (waived/injured), C David Wang, WR Damian Williams (contract terminated), DT Doug Worthington. CB E.J. Gaines (foot) was placed on injured reserve. The team previously waived/injured receiver Isiah Ferguson, who has reverted to injured reserve with a torn ACL.