IV- Rams promoting from within
The LA Rams ran within a tight budget this year. As such, they were not as free to shop the NFL Free Agency market for everything on their roster shopping list in 2020. For some roster spots, the team needed to promote players from within. Some take the too-easy-troll response and conclude that the Rams were forced to home grow starters because their payroll is already saturated.
The facts suggest otherwise. All NFL teams attempt to develop young rookies into NFL starters, with varying degrees of success. Some players are chosen in the draft with a starting role in mind. Those first and second-round choices sometimes pan out. The Rams elected to draft late, coach ’em up, and then promote them to the starting lineup.
Youth stepping up everywhere
The Rams have young players stepping up all over this roster. On the offensive line, left guard Joseph Noteboom is starting. On the defensive line, Sebastian Joseph Day is too. Outside linebacker Samson Ebukam is a third, but not a final, young player who is promoted to a starting role on this team.
It’s that next-man-up philosophy that makes this team dangerous. Roles are earned on the team, not awarded. Longevity is not a reason for an expanded role, performance is. So far, the Rams team has been a positive generator of NFL caliber power. Young raw players arrive and are coached up over the course of a year or two to assume greater roles with the team.