We’ve officially reached the closest thing to a dead period the NFL has to offer these days as organized team activities are over and training camp has not yet arrived.
That means vacation time for the players, coaches and, yes, reporters. In the meantime, let’s get to know some of the lesser-known additions to the Rams roster: the rookie free agents.
Position: Tight end
College: Bowling Green
Weight: 258 pounds
Stat to know: Proved extremely durable during his college career, posting 39 consecutive starts to close his college career. That durability allowed Bayer to produce consistently, including a solid senior season in which he posted 37 catches for 593 yards and four touchdowns.
Road to the roster: Bayer has the type of size and effort that make him an intriguing option as a primary blocker with occasional pass-catching duties. He enters a competition that would seem to allow for him to make a run at a roster spot after the Rams said goodbye to fourth tight end Mike McNeill in free agency. The trio of Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey is likely locked into positions, but if the Rams choose to carry a fourth, Bayer could factor into the mix. The Rams also have Justice Cunningham and Mason Brodine with Cunningham particularly intriguing, but Bayer did some good things in OTAs and could be heard from before the Rams make their decisions at the end of camp.