Biggest Position Battles Heading Into Final Week of Preseason

Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Justin Davis (42) carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Rams 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the NFL roster spots are always finalized heading into the final preseason week, starters do not even usually play. However, a few spots are not yet decided and are still not decided. These spots are usually for undrafted rookies or veteran free agents who signed minimum contracts. The Rams have a few positions that are seemingly going to come down to the wire. The deciding factor will be a preseason week four position battle.


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Running Back

Rams running backs Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown will have the top two spots locked down. However, there is a position battle to be had about who will take the final running back spot. The third running back was likely to be Aaron Green headed into training camp, but he has been restricted due to a hand injury. Undrafted rookie Justin Davis has had a solid showing throughout the preseason and will look to expand upon that. He burst on to the scene in week one, but had ball security issues.

Davis and Green will continue to battle for the running back spot throughout this week, both likely getting a large volume of touches in the Packers game on Thursday.

Wide Receiver

There is likely not a position battle at wide receiver. However, Rams receiver Nelson Spruce has the opportunity to prove that Rams should keep an extra receiver on the roster. Spruce was very strong last preseason before being knocked out by an injury. He has made a decent contribution this preseason. He is also a moderate contributor on special teams.

Spruce may need to have a strong showing in order to prove that the Rams should keep a seventh receiver on the roster.


Kevin Peterson is in a similar boat to Spruce at his position. Peterson has been very strong this preseason and while six cornerbacks would be a lot for the Rams, it is not out of the question entirely. He still has some to prove, but he would be a good player to have aboard.

In the NFL, a player’s entire career can down to a position battle in the final week of camp. The Rams will give these players opportunities, as a result they have to produce.

– Andrew Kelly is the Managing Editor for cover32/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. Like and follow on

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