Rams mailbag: Who will make the cut?

Minnesota Vikings tight end David Morgan, left, tries to make a reception in front of Rams defensive back Michael Jordan during the second half of an NFL preseason game Thursday.
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The Rams are on the move again.

After making stops in Oxnard for off-season workouts and UC Irvine for training camp, they are relocating this weekend to Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.

The Rams finished 2-2 in the exhibition season. They must cut their roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

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Austin Hill, Nelson Spruce and Duke Williams all were in the mix for roster spots or the practice squad.

Spruce played in only one exhibition, but he was already ahead of others because of his standout performances during rookie camp, organized team activities and his six-catch performance against the Cowboys. The Pac-12 Conference’s all-time receptions leader displayed a knack for getting open and catching everything thrown his way.

He will make the 53-man roster.

Williams impressed early in training camp and had a good performance in the workout at the Coliseum. But he was not a factor in the exhibitions.

Hill has received a huge amount of exposure on “Hard Knocks.” He signed after training camp began, so he was behind and it took him awhile to catch up. He stood out in a few practices, but was targeted only four times and had two catches.

Call the fashion police! Nothing stirs more debate than uniforms.

It’s doubtful that the Rams would go the entire season wearing only white jerseys. That will be the case for home games – depending on what they choose as the throwback ensemble – but the road is a different story. If a home team is wearing white, the Rams will be in blue.

As for a new identity, that will have to wait until 2019, when the Rams will introduce new uniforms to coincide with the move into their new stadium.

The Rams will wear throwback uniforms twice this season, but they have not announced which games.

Now, with former USC coach Pete Carroll coming back to L.A. as coach of the Seahawks, the Coliseum will already be electric on Sept. 18. No word on whether Traveler will be on hand.

If the Rams come out in throwbacks? The energy might cause the scoreboard to blow a fuse.

That would be a good thing for the Rams.

The Rams brain trust put its confidence in quarterback Case Keenum after he finished 3-2 in his five starts last season.

They were so sure he was the one, they traded all of those draft picks to move up and select Jared Goff.

I’ll say this: Keenum has played efficiently and with confidence in three exhibitions. But concerns remain.

Against Denver, the Rams’ first-team offense could not score touchdowns and had to settle for field goals. Yes, it should be noted that Todd Gurley was not playing. And Tavon Austin was, by design, not deployed. Those two factors make a huge difference.

But Keenum needs to prove he can consistently get the Rams into the end zone.

And playing in the same division with Arizona and Seattle does not make a playoff berth any easier.

The Rams and UC Irvine signed an agreement that allowed the Rams to use the campus for training camp this season and for the next two, with an option for two more.

The Rams are paying about $10 million for the first three years.

Irvine’s athletic department benefits from the upgrade in some facilities such as the locker room in Crawford Hall, but NCAA rules limit what it can receive.

The Rams paid for housing, food service and other costs, which go into the general fund.

The university also collected parking fees.

The greatest benefit for Irvine was the exposure it received on a daily basis in media reports, on social media platforms and on “Hard Knocks.”

You made history, Blueblood. That’s the first emoji to make it into the mailbag. Nicely done.

There is no timetable for when Goff will become the starter.

It could come well before 10 games if Keenum and the Rams are struggling.

It could be after 10 games if the Rams are clearly out of playoff contention.

And it might not happen at all this season if Keenum keeps them on track for their first winning season since 2003.

Kicker Greg Zuerlein took a lot of heat in the off-season after making only 20 of 30 field goals last season.

The Rams brought in Taylor Bertolet from Texas A&M and gave him opportunities on extra-points and kickoffs.

“Legatron” was unfazed.

He made all of his extra-point and field-goal attempts. He accounted for all of the Rams’ points at Denver, converting from 38, 48 and 50 yards. He also kicked a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings.

So Zuerlein has some momentum going into the season.

Bertolet was waived after the Denver exhibition.

The Rams cleared salary cap space before the season by releasing veterans Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and Jared Cook.

There are no veteran players with big contracts on the bubble, so I do not foresee money as an issue as the Rams trim the roster from 75 to 53 players.

Well if isn’t Rankman.

It was my great pleasure to take over a Rams beat for The Times that lay dormant for more than 20 years.

T.J. Simers was the most recent Rams beat writer. He was preceded by Tim Kawakami, Chris Dufresne, Rich Roberts and Ted Green among others. All terrific reporters and writers.

Dufresne covered the Los Angeles Rams’ last winning season. That was 1989, when John Robinson’s team finished 11-5.

Dufresne went on to become The Times’ national college basketball and football columnist. He won numerous awards – and earned a huge following for Rankman’s weekly college football rankings.

He also wrote the king of all college football mailbags.

Chris retired from The Times last year, but Rankman still lives at Check it out.