5 breakout offensive stars for LA Rams Coach O’Connell

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After the 2020 NFL Draft, the LA Rams roster is set. Now, who will step up as future offensive stars of this team? Here are our 5 top nominees

The LA Rams offense seemed to be its own worst enemy of 2019. The team’s quarterback featured running back, and the highest-paid wide receiver all struggled to achieve an average year.  Instead, they failed to produce for the team. While some cite poor offensive line play as the reason, great players overcome those odds.  Unfortunately, the Rams fell to a 9-7 record and failed to earn a berth in the NFL playoffs.

That has triggered a wave of pessimistic views from pundits and fans alike. Pushing optimism for the LA Rams heading into the 2020 NFL Season is not a very popular trade right now. Citing “years of losing” and “horrible play” with “very disappointing” commentary just before fans claim no more than a five or six-win season seems, deliberately guarded. The Rams endured significantly difficult hardships on both the offense and defense – highlighted by having to retool the offensive line and the defensive backfield in midseason.

There is no comparison of 2019 to 2020 because the “replacements” who slid into the Rams team performed markedly better overall. The defensive backfield and offensive lines began to gel and improved towards the end of the season.  And the coaching staff began to rework the playbook to improve the offense. And the Rams defense, which was also riddled with injuries, will be built around DL Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey.

The circumstances which contributed to the Rams 2019 struggles and a 9-7 record will not repeat in 2020. The Rams persevered through all the challenges that rocked the team and remained close enough to post-season play not to be written off so easily in 2020.  The Rams still possess two 1,000 yard receivers in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. And despite the release of RB Todd Gurley, the Rams offensive playbook will pave the way for rookie RB Cam Akers to step right in and put up significant offensive yards. The first start to a 2020 team rebound rests on the offensive line. So let’s start there:

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