Los Angeles Rams: 5 questions after franchise tagging Lamarcus Joyner

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1. Who steps up if Watkins leaves?

Normally, a team losing their No. 1 wideout would result in panic mode when seeing how much of a hassle it can be to find a replacement, but that’s one of the main differences between the Rams and most teams in the NFL. As disappointing as it would seem to see Watkins end up elsewhere in free agency, the good news for a team like Los Angeles is if that does end up being the case, this team will be just fine.

As long as Sean McVay is calling the shots at head coach, the Rams’ offense is always going to have the potential to be in great shape since not only will players like Woods or Kupp take on a larger role, but there is plenty of talent on the roster looking for an opportunity to shine. For instance, just look at all of the talk already surrounding Josh Reynolds as a potential player to benefit from Watkins leaving, after the young wideout made the best of limited action as a rookie in 2017, and appears to have a bright future in Los Angeles on offense.

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Even if the Rams were to look at free agency or the NFL Draft to bring someone else on board, the most important factor to take into consideration is someone like Watkins is replaceable. After seeing how successful he was during his first year as head coach last season, Los Angeles fans have quickly bought into believing in McVay, and feel confident enough in him quickly addressing the situation if Watkins does end up elsewhere in 2018.