3 key storylines as the Rams head towards season opener

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The Rams look to have hit it out of the ballpark when General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay drafted a gem from Eastern Washington.

Receiver Cooper Kupp looks to be a star in the making, and the chemistry he’s quickly built with quarterback Jared Goff is noticeable.

Recently acquired wide receiver Sammy Watkins has the potential to also be a game changer for Goff and for Los Angeles. If he can stay healthy and on the field, his presence becomes the home run threat the Rams have been desperate for. Goff has a big arm, and this preseason has demonstrated some nice touch. A guy like Watkins can show that off and take advantage of it.

Snead deserves some credit for getting that trade done. Getting those two guys in a Los Angeles Rams uniforms has the potential to shape not just the franchise beginning this season, but the quarterback they hope Goff can be.

If there is a “fly in the ointment,” it’s that Goff and Watkins haven’t gotten much work in game conditions. During this week, the quarterback was quick to note the simulations they get in practice each day. Whether that transfers to Sunday’s remains to be seen.

The Rams deserve credit for bringing in the personnel needed to jumpstart a dormant offense and second year quarterback. While some, me included wondered how Snead could keep his job after last season, he’s laid some groundwork to hang around, especially if Goff can get it going.