Los Angeles Rams release unofficial depth chart, including surprise starters

Updated: September 5, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams are less than a week away from their home opener against the Colts as the official website released their unofficial depth chart. Below is the 53 man roster in their respected positions, also with some surprise starters for the moment.

Rams unofficial depth chart has Tavon Austin, not Kupp, as No. 3 WR. Starting D-linemen alongside Brockers: Ethan Westbrooks, Tanzel Smart.

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1) Watkins listed as a starter

Though he’s been with the team for only a few weeks, wide receiver Sammy Watkins is listed as one of the Rams’ three starting wide receivers. Previously, the Rams’ three starters were listed as Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, and Cooper Kupp.

Watkins said on Monday that he spent a lot of late nights studying the playbook during training camp in order to get comfortable as quickly as possible.

2) Smart listed as a starter

Rookie defensive tackle Tanzel Smart is listed as the first-team defensive tackle, ahead of Quinton Jefferson, who Los Angeles recently claimed off waivers.

With Aaron Donald absent as his representation and the club continue to negotiate a contract extension, head coach Sean McVay has been complimentary of Smart’s development under defensive line coach Bill Johnson. McVay’s named Smart as one of the players who has received more reps that he would have otherwise.

3) Many new starters

The Rams have had significant year-to-year turnover, which is expected with a new coaching staff.

On offense, the Rams are projecting seven different opening day starters — quarterback Jared Goff, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan, right guard Jamon Brown, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, wide receiver Robert Woods, and tight end Tyler Higbee. And that’s saying nothing of projected significant contributors like tight end Gerald Everett and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

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