Los Angeles Rams: Steven Mitchell could be steal in crowded group of receivers
By Dan Parzych
When looking at all of the competition at wide receiver, the one name to keep an eye on over the next few months with the Los Angeles Rams could be Steven Mitchell.
Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can change for a team like the Los Angeles Rams in such a short period of time? Last May, the team was hoping the recent additions of players like Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp would help bring out the best in Jared Goff on offense, which it totally did.
In fact, the additions of Woods and Kupp along with the unexpected trade to acquire Sammy Watkins later on in August played a key role in helping Los Angeles make NFL history by becoming the first team to go from worst to first in scoring. And even though Watkins is no longer in the picture after joining the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, the Rams may end up being better off with Brandin Cooks, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, in his place.
With a trio of receivers to work with plus the presence of Todd Gurley in the backfield, most quarterbacks would do anything to be in the kind of position Goff finds himself in, and early signs point to the former California star being in for another big season.
Not to mention, it will be interesting to see which receivers end up being potential sleepers in the Rams’ offense from now until preseason, which is where USC’s Steven Mitchell could come into play.
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, Los Angeles signed the former Trojans wideout as an undrafted free agent, and even though the chances of him earning a roster spot may seem like a long shot at the moment, anything could happen.
Keep in mind that Sean McVay quickly established a reputation for evaluating talent dating back to last offseason when he came on board as head coach, so Mitchell never would have been signed if there wasn’t some sort of belief in his potential.
Over the next few months, staying healthy will be the most important factor for Mitchell since the wideout has already overcome a torn ACL twice in his career. But when looking at his blazing speed and work ethic, Mitchell could end up being a steal for Los Angeles if he proves himself worthy over the next couple of months.
It certainly won’t be easy when looking at how crowded the receiving corps of the Rams is at the moment, but when looking at some of the obstacles Mitchell has already overcome during his playing career, this is nothing new for the youngster.
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If anything, Mitchell will most likely be playing with an extra chip on his shoulder to prove he’s worthy of a spot on the Los Angeles roster, and he will be an exciting player to follow over the next couple of months before training camp arrives.