Jun 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12) catches a pass as cornerback Brandon McGee (32) defends during organized team activities at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Roster Battles To Watch

Expectations are sky high for the St. Louis Rams in 2014.  First things first though.  They must sort out their roster.

Running Back:  Benny Cunningham vs. Tre Mason

The general consensus is that Zac Stacy will remain the starting running back for the St. Louis Rams.  No such statement can be made about the backup job however,  At present it seems like a clear tossup between Bennie Cunningham, who filled it well for Stacy last season when he was injured, and promising rookie Tre Mason, fresh off his dominant run for Auburn last season.  Both have their merits with Cunningham being a classic grinder while Mason is slightly more versatile with receiving ability.  It could come down to what each player might not do well rather than the other way around.

Guard:  Roger Saffold vs. Davin Joseph

Yes, the Rams paid a rather hefty price to Roger Saffold in terms of a five-year deal when he returned in free agency.  However, it’s important to note that came after a failed physical in Oakland and Saffold has not been a picture of perfect health during his NFL tenure.  That is why his hold on the starting guard job should not be confirmed just yet.  He’ll have plenty of competition.  Among the most immediate threats is Davin Joseph.  The former Pro Bowler had a falling out in Tampa Bay due to contract and production issues but has a chance to find his footing again in St. Louis.  He’s only 30, experienced and perhaps just in need of the right coaching.

Slot Cornerback:  Brandon McGee vs. Lamarcus Joyner

Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson seem like locks to start at corner for the St. Louis Rams for the 2014 season.  The real roster battle in the secondary will focus on the third position, or slot corner.  At least in the early running, 2013 fifth round pick Brandon McGee has the edge to start given his experience and upside.  His principle opponent will be rookie second round pick Lamarcus Joyner.  Though he played safety in college, Joyner has the athleticism, smarts and speed to excel in the slot, an area that wouldn’t demand as much from his limited 5’8″ frame.  He is a playmaker for certain, but in order to topple McGee he will need to make a statement early in training camp.

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  • pboi619

    I only see one of these being a battle and thats the RB…i dont see David fighting for snaps against Rodger or do i see Lamarcus Joyner Being out played by Mcgee hell i dont even see McGee as our 4th CB…even Jeff Fisher said he is plug in play day one with Joyner for the Nickle position….it would be more of a battle with Mo Alexander and Mcleod for that FS position…to me Brandon McGee is the odd man out cause i can make a case that Greg Ried and Marcus Roberson are better and have more up side

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  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    There is no battle for RG. Even due to Saffolds injury history. He’s the starter. Joyner most likely comp is e.j Gaines, Reid, or even Roberson over McGee. I understand McGee has more experience but with the overall at cbs Idk what they’re going to do with him. Jenkins lab, Johnson Rcb, Joyner slcb, Gaines probably is 1st cb off the bench with Roberson being next. That’s 5 cbs if they want a sixth then it’s between Reid and McGee. Most likely Reid cause he can return kicks and also play the slot while Roberson and Gaines can play the outside in backup situations

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t base your opinion on what happened a year ago. McGee didn’t play very well then but a lot can change in that space of time. He might have improved considerably and it will start to show by the time training camp arrives.

      • roger paul

        Hey , it would be GREAT if McGhee CAN compete for the 3rd corner…then we can move Joyner to FS where he’s needed the most…..and don’t sleep on E.J. Gaines….he WILL surprise you….he’s tough and physical and smart…it would surprise me one bit if HE wins one of the CB positions…

        • Erik Lambert

          I’m a big fan of Gaines and watched him a lot out of Missouri. I know he’ll definitely outplay his draft position.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I’m basing my opinion of the fact the Fisher said Joyner will be in the slot. I understand things can change until then. But they also drafted 3 cbs when we already had three on the roster. That tells me that not all is well with McGee. Plus after drafting the three they then signed Reid and Roberson.

          • Gary Stewart

            my theory is joyner plays both FS and slot depending on the situation i expect mo alexander to move in on obvious running downs its hard to ignore 6 2 220 converted LB at safety on running downs gaines may see snaps and mc gee has to make a huge leap to get into the competition but we shall see!!