The Rams give up Kendall Blanton and 4 others in the 2nd round of cups

The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up their second week of preseason Friday night, losing to the Houston Texans, 24-20. They had until Tuesday afternoon to reduce their roster to 80 players, but they wasted no time cutting five players to reach the limit.

Surprisingly, Kendall Blanton was among five players dropped by the Rams, which leaves Brycen Hopkins as the No. 2 tight end. Raymond Calais, Jairon McVea and AJ Rose were also dropped by the Rams.

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JJ Koski was waived with an injury designation, so if he is not claimed by another team, he will return to injured reserve.

Blanton was competing with Hopkins to be Tyler Higbee’s replacement and helped replace Higbee at the end of last season. In the playoffs, Blanton caught seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, including five catches for 57 yards in the NFC title game.

He played 43% of Super Bowl snaps, assisting the offense as a blocker while being held off the hook.

The Rams now have Higbee, Hopkins, Jared Pinkney and Roger Carter Jr. left on the tight end roster.

Running back, Trey Ragas, Kyren Williams and Jake Funk are battling for the RB3 spot now that Calais and Rose have been waived.

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