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Rams Waive Alexander, Add Thomas to Roster

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With the expiration of wide receiver Mike Thomas' roster exemption, Los Angeles has waived safety Maurice Alexander to make room for Thomas on the 53-man roster.

The Rams selected Alexander in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He was mainly a special teams contributor in nine games his rookie season, before filling in at strong safety for five starts in 2015. Last season, Alexander started 14 games at free safety for Los Angeles, recording a pair of interceptions, four passes defensed, and a sack. In all, Alexander appeared in 41 games, making 23 starts, for the franchise.

After starting the first four games of 2017, Alexander was inactive for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks — a healthy scratch. Rookie safety John Johnson started at strong safety, recording an interception, two passes defensed, and three total tackles.

"We've got a lot of confidence in the depth that we do have at the safety positions," head coach Sean McVay said postgame. "We wanted to get another corner up because of some of the situations that we have with the injuries. I thought you saw John Johnson, Cody [Davis] did a nice job today."

McVay added Alexander's deactivation was not a disciplinary matter.

"It wasn't anything like that," McVay said. "We're always evaluating our personnel and trying to figure out how we can get the best 46 up and that is not exclusive to defense, that involves the special teams and that was the decision that we made. But, absolutely nothing to do with anything that Mo didn't do in terms of handling his business off the field."

In activating Thomas, the Rams now have seven wide receivers on their 53-man roster. McVay said he expected that to be the case last week.

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