The Los Angeles Rams waived former starting strong safety Maurice Alexander and added wide receiver Mike Thomas to the active roster on Monday, October 9. Rookie safety John Johnson is expected resume the starting role.
Head coach Sean McVay sat Alexander due to depth concerns at cornerback. His replacement, Johnson, made the most of his opportunity earning three tackles, two pass deflections and one interception that he returned 69 yards.
The Rams selected Alexander in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft from Utah State. He started four games this season, but Alexander often struggled in certain situations. Those struggles led to his release. His departure leaves the Rams with only three true safeties on the roster, which includes: Johnson, Cody Davis and Lamarcus Joyner. Marqui Christian and Blake Countess are capable of converting to safety if the Rams need more depth.
Thomas recently served a four-game suspension after violating the league’s PED policy. The Rams drafted Thomas in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Southern Mississippi. Thomas will need to impress during practice, because competition will be fierce at wide receiver.