St. Louis Rams Roster Cuts: Vernon Gholston Waived As NFL Cuts Continue

NFL Cuts 2012: The St. Louis Rams' roster cuts include defensive lineman Vernon Gholston, who never could live up to the lofty expectations of a first-round pick.

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Seneca Wallace, Brian Hoyer Among St. Louis Rams' Veteran Backup Quarterback Options

The St. Louis Rams cut Kellen Clemens Friday, leaving Sam Bradford without a veteran backup on their 53-man roster, but few expect GM Les Snead is satisfied with their current situation—Austin Davis, an undrafted free agent, is currently their only other option at the position. The good news, such as it is: Lots of other teams just finished cutting their own veteran backups, which means that reasonably interesting names like Seneca Wallace and Brian Hoyer are now available for Snead's perusal ahead of the regular season.

None of these names are especially exciting, of course, and few of them are significantly better than Kellen Clemens, which is what makes the Rams' move so surprising; the most superficially compatible Mediocre Veteran Backup on the market was already Clemens, a Brian Schottenheimer refugee and the Rams' somewhat-less-infuriating replacement for A.J. Feeley.

No doubt Les Snead has a plan, but at this point it looks inscrutable to anybody who doesn't have an in with the Rams' braintrust. We'll just have to wait, with Seneca Wallace and company, until they make their overarching plan clear.

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St. Louis Rams Could Play Daryl Richardson And Isaiah Pead In Regular Season

Isaiah Pead's gotten stiff competition from an unlikely source in the St. Louis Rams' preseason battle to be Steven Jackson's backup: Seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson. Richardson, No. 252 overall out of Division II Abilene Christian, has looked pretty good in the Rams' three preseason games, rushing 22 times for 90 yards and adding 24 more through the air. It's a sturdy performance, but it wouldn't attract much attention—except that Isaiah Pead's preseason has been a mess.

50 yards on 25 carries later (to go with 10 yards on seven receptions), it looks like Richardson could earn significant playing time out of the Rams' backfield. Isaiah Pead's saving grace in the early going—nobody expects him to continue struggling like this—could be his ability as a kick returner; he's looked excellent there.

Nobody was expecting the carries/special teams balance to run quite in that direction, but Turf Show Times's latest suggests the Rams believe they have a place for both of their rookie running backs.

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Danario Alexander Among The St. Louis Rams' Roster Cuts

The St. Louis Rams' most painful cut Monday afternoon was one of their least surprising: The Rams waived Danario Alexander, a Mizzou alum and periodically the best wide receiver in Sam Bradford's arsenal, after a preseason filled with hamstring injuries amid a career filled with, well, knee and hamstring injuries.

Alexander was on the bubble even before he proved unable to play in the Rams' first three preseason games. With Brian Quick and Chris Givens in need of playing time, and Danny Amendola back on the active roster after a year spent recovering from injuries, the Rams didn't have much room for a receiver who couldn't stay on the field from week to week.

If it's any consolation for Danario Alexander fans, I'm not sure anybody could have predicted the success Laurent Robinson, the Rams' last wide receiver castoff, had in his first season out of town. If Alexander can stay upright long enough to work out for some other teams, he's likely to get offers. He was, after all—terrifyingly enough—the Rams' best wide receiver last year.

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