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Rams Officially Cut Tre Mason and Trey Watts

The Rams have officially cut running backs Tre Mason and Trey Watts, via the NFL transaction wire.

Tre Mason (vertical)Mason didn’t play at all last season as he dealt with an array of personal issues. The Rams placed the running back on the reserve/did not report list after he failed to show up to an August meeting, and subsequent reports indicated that he hadn’t contacted the organization in months.

Last March, Mason was arrested for reckless driving, resisting arrest, and possession of cannabis, and he was “admitted for evaluation” in July following an incident at his mother’s house. Former coach Jeff Fisher had expressed concern for his well-being, while tackle Greg Robinson said the player changed his phone number.

The 2014 third-round pick appeared in 25 games for the Rams (12 starts) during his first two seasons in the league. He collected 972 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 254 carries, and he added another 34 receptions for 236 yards and one score.

Meanwhile, Watts was suspended indefinitely in November after once again violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. The former undrafted free agent ultimately played in 15 games with the Rams, compiling 48 all-purpose yards.

Following the move, the Rams now have a trio of running backs on their roster in Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown, and Aaron Green.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Rams’ Trey Watts Suspended Indefinitely

Rams running back Trey Watts has once again been suspended for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com (via Twitter). After being banned for four games earlier this year, Watts has been suspended indefinitely for his latest violation.

Watts, who joined the Rams in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, earned a spot on the club’s regular season roster in his rookie year. He didn’t see the field much, but the 24-year-old received a handful of offensive snaps, rushing seven times for 30 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards. Watts also contributed on special teams, recording seven tackles in kick and punt coverage.

When his first four-game suspension was announced this year, I speculated that it might cost Watts his spot on the roster, with Todd Gurley, Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, and others in the mix in the Rams’ backfield. The team did cut Watts after he served his suspension, but brought him back to the practice squad, and promoted him to the 53-man roster again a couple weeks ago.

This time around, Watts will land on the Rams’ reserve/suspended list indefinitely, opening up a spot for St. Louis to add a new player to its roster.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/23/15

Today’s minor NFL signings, cuts, and other moves:

  • The Lions have claimed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton off waivers, reports Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald (via Twitter). Thornton was cut by the Patriots yesterday. He will fill the spot opened when the Lions waived defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen this morning.
  • The Rams have promoted running back Trey Watts to the active roster, and waived safety Christian Bryant to make room for him, writes Nick Wagoner of ESPN (via Twitter).
  • The Panthers have also promoted a player from the practice squad to the active roster, bringing tight end Scott Simonson up, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com. The team placed tight end Richie Brockel on the IR to make room for Simonson.
  • Washington has removed wide receiver Issac Blakeney from the IR with an injury settlement, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter).

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/13/15

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/12/15

Today’s minor signings, cuts, and other moves from around the NFL..

  • The Seahawks will sign cornerback Crezdon Butler on Tuesday, a source tells Rand Getlin of NFL.com (on Twitter). Butler will add depth to Seattle’s banged up secondary.
  • The Rams released running back Trey Watts, just one week after he returned from a four-game suspension, as Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch tweets. Watts, who joined the Rams in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, earned a spot on the club’s regular season roster last season. He didn’t see the field much, but the 24-year-old received a handful of offensive snaps, rushing seven times for 30 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards. Watts also contributed on special teams, recording seven tackles in kick and punt coverage.
  • The Jets waived tight end Wes Saxton to clear a roster spot for Sheldon Richardson, as Brian Costello of the New York Post tweets.
  • Cardinals linebacker Kenny Demens suffered an ACL and will be put on IR, coach Bruce Arians told reporters, including Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Demens originally signed with Arizona as a UDFA in 2013.
  • The Chargers waived safety Adrian Phillips to make room for the returning Antonio Gates, according to U-T San Diego’s Michael Gehlken. Phillips provided the Chargers depth and special-teams help after starting strong safety Jahleel Addae suffered a Week 1 ankle injury.

Trey Watts Suspended Four Games

Rams running back Trey Watts has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, the NFL announced today, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter links). Watts’ ban stems from a violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse.

Watts, who joined the Rams just over a year ago as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa, earned a spot on the club’s regular season roster for 2014. He didn’t see the field much, but the 24-year-old received a handful of offensive snaps, rushing seven times for 30 yards and catching three passes for 18 yards. Watts also contributed on special teams, recording seven tackles in kick and punt coverage.

Watts’ suspension may ultimately lead to his release, since his hold on a roster spot for 2015 already appeared to be precarious. In addition to first-round pick Todd Gurley, the Rams are also carrying Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Pead, and multiple undrafted rookies.

NFC Links: Giants, Buccaneers, Rams

A handful of ESPN’s NFC writers were kind enough to give us some reading material on this holiday. Let’s take a look at some interesting notes from those articles…

  • “Economics” was the main reason why the Giants didn’t pursue a pass rusher like Michael Johnson in free agency, says ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano. The team already has some depth at defensive end, and Graziano thinks the Giants were wise to use their resources elsewhere.
  • Graziano also thinks it makes sense for the Giants to start Adrien Robinson at tight end. Instead of bringing in a veteran, the writer says they might as well roll with the player they’ve been developing.
  • ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas thinks it’s a good idea for the Buccaneers to extend defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The writer suggests a contract worth about $13MM annually and says the steep price is worth it for the team’s best player.
  • Rams running backs Zac StacyBenny Cunningham and Tre Mason are set to hold their respect jobs “for the foreseeable future,” writes ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner. This means running backs Isaiah Pead and Chase Reynolds are likely competing for one job. Wagoner says undrafted rookies Kadeem Jones and Trey Watts could also join that competition.

Rams Sign 15 Undrafted Free Agents

The Rams have officially announced their list of undrafted free additions, and Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the 15 names for us. Here are the newest Rams:

  • Alex Bayer, TE, Bowling Green
  • Jarrid Bryant, CB, South Dakota
  • Avery Cunningham, S, Central Michigan
  • Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico
  • Deantre Harlan, DT, Bacone
  • Aaron Hill, LB, Minnesota
  • Kadeem Jones, FB, Western Kentucky
  • Emmanuel McCray, OT, Mississippi
  • Johnny Millard, LB, Cal Poly State
  • Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
  • Abasi Salimu, OT, Nicholls State
  • Jamaine Sherman, WR, East Texas Baptist
  • Julius “Trey” Watts, RB, Tulsa
  • Ethan Westbrooks, DT, West Texas A&M ($20K bonus and $30K in other guarantees, per Aaron Wilson)
  • Tavarius Wilson, LB, North Alabama