The LA Rams appear to have learned valuable lessons. Here are 5 reasons to love the Rams roster, with the 53-man roster detailed.
The LA Rams scrambled quite a bit in 2019 as the team was forced to compensate for an injured starter on almost a weekly basis. After a Super Bowl appearance, the LA Rams had locked in virtually all of the star players who the team thought would have an even better 2019. Only they didn’t.
After a bit of roster shuffling, and a lot of dead cap money, the Rams are back on the saddle and about to compete for a berth in the 2020 NFL Playoffs. There are some very familiar faces, some who have a larger role this season, and some new faces on this roster. Even this NFL season falls into the category of new, as the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic have forced the NFL to go with the bare minimum for actual team-player contact.
Rams return 42 plus 11
As many teams fight to learn systems from a new coaching staff or to integrate rookies with complex positions, the Rams may be fortunate. If the Rams start RB Malcolm Brown, the team will open the season filled with 11 players who started/played significant snaps for the team last year. Only rookies Cam Akers and Van Jefferson are likely to see action in game one.
For the Rams defense, the team’s defensive line and secondary are intact. The linebacking corps will feature new faces, and they will certainly face a rite of passage against the Dallas Cowboys in the opener. On special teams, punter Johnny Hekker will remain in his All-Pro form. The biggest question lies in rookie kicker Sam Sloman. But let’s pause here and share five reasons for optimism this year.