When the Rams announced last week that wide receiver Michael Thomas would be returning to the team it was unclear whose spot he would take. Regardless, I don’t think many fans expected that person to be Mo Alexander, the Rams starting safety at the time. Things for Alexander burned out quickly with the Rams organization, being listed as a surprise inactive before Sunday’s game. Rams rookie John Johnson performed admirably while stepping up into Alexander’s role, making the team comfortable parting ways.
Alexander was one of the Rams most improved players last season, stepping up in a big way at the safety position. However, he struggled mightily in the Rams first few games of the season and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was clearly not satisfied. Given Johnson’s strong performance when getting on the field, the Rams elected to give the young guy more reps and a starting job. In Alexander’s 41 games with the Rams he made 23 starts, including the first four games of this season. He hauled in two interceptions in his time with the organization as well.
I expect Alexander to land somewhere in the league, at least on a practice squad. I would certainly not be surprised to see the Rams sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers, he could provide valuable depth in the event of injury.
Thomas now officially joins a crowded Rams receiving group that is already battling for reps and targets. The addition of Thomas will likely be insignificant early on as far as pass-catching goes, but the young player has been a special teams standout in his career. No Rams fans, Thomas will not be stealing targets from the likes of Sammy Watkins or Robert Woods, at least that doesn’t seem to be the case. Seven receivers is a lot on the active roster, but Tavon Austin is slowly becoming a running back listed at wide receiver. Austin’s new role makes McVay’s decision to keep seven receivers more reasonable, but it is still hard to see a player who started just a week ago be waived in favor of a seventh string wide receiver.
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