1. Rams are a serious title contender
Never in a million years did any football fan expect the Rams to emerge as serious contenders in the NFC the way they did last season after winning just four games the year before, but here they are heading into 2018 as one of the top early contenders. In fact, Los Angeles has already been one of the busiest teams this offseason when looking at all of the changes made, whether it was their new cornerback duo in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib or simply all the trades, including Alec Ogletree, to clear up salary cap space.
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From an overall perspective, Watkins was a great piece to the Rams’ offense when looking at how opposing defenses should tend to spend extra attention on his whereabouts, which would benefit some of his teammates like Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Even if Watkins’ numbers (39 catches and eight touchdowns) in 2017 weren’t exactly what he was looking for, the most important factor is Los Angeles was finding success, and the speedy wideout deserves just as much credit as the rest of his teammates.
Leaving a team in the Rams that seemed to only be scratching the surface of their potential seems like a bold move for a player like the Chiefs, even if they are considered contenders at the moment as well. Los Angeles fans were beyond excited to hear the news of Watkins joining the team last August through a trade, and it’s a shame to see this relationship come to an end after one year, although at least the Rams will be completely fine since McVay will just call for the next man to step up.
Josh Reynolds, anyone?