V – Good mix of veteran and youth
The LA Rams have 11 rookies on the 53-man roster. While that may seem a bit high, keep in mind that the Rams face losing quite a few veterans next season. So the blend of young players to develop is a healthy sign of talent in the pipeline. Even better is the positions where they are strategically located.
The Rams bost rookies at running back (2), wide receiver (2), offensive line (1), tight end (1), defensive line (1), kicker (1), defensive secondary (2), and outside linebacker (1). It just so happens that most of those positions will be impacted by expiring contracts in 2021. So it’s not only a good infusion of young energy into the 2020 roster but also adds plenty of options for the Rams next year.
Rams offense good to go
The Rams veterans return to the offense, as the Rams could start 11 players in the season opener who started in 2019. Is that necessarily an advantage? In any given year, not so much. But in 2020? You bet it will be. As other teams try to find a way to synchronize their offensive linemen, to have their receivers run their intended routes, and running backs to stick with the plays.
For the defense? It’s a brand new ballgame under rookie defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. The Rams have veterans where it counts. The team returns all of 2019 defensive linemen and has rookie Eric Banks in there as well. The Rams secondary is loaded with veterans, but two rookie defensive backs who would and could see early and often action are safety Jordan Fuller and defensive back Terrell Burgess. Both are new, talented, and have shown they are excellent fits in the Rams’ new “Staley-style” defense.