I – Three All-Pro players
The LA Rams boast All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, defensive back Jalen Ramsey, and punter Johnny Hekker. Of course, just having them on the roster isn’t much. Knowing how to amplify their talents to have a greater impact on the game is where the Rams will outperform other teams this year.
The Rams have set their 53 man roster in part in response to the team’s 2019 struggles and in part based upon the team’s new defensive philosophy. The offensive emphasized offensive linemen this year, opting away from a plug-n-play anywhere lineman, and going with dedicated backups at each position. On defense, the team has loaded most heavily upon defensive linemen and safeties, and they will be rotated frequently.
Quarterback – (2) Jared Goff, John Wolford
Offensive line – (10) Andrew Whitworth, Joseph Noteboom, Austin Blythe, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein, Brian Allen, Tremayne Anchrum, David Edwards, Bobby Evans, Coleman Shelton
Wide receivers – (6) Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds, Van Jefferson, Nsimba Webster, Trishton Jackson
Tight Ends – (4) Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Johnny Mundt, Brycen Hopkins
Running backs – (5) Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, Cam Akers, Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais
Defensive line – (6) Aaron Donald, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Michael Brockers, Morgan Fox, Greg Gaines, Eric Banks (Reserve/NFI – A’Shawn Robinson, 6 weeks)
Outside linebacker – (5) Leonard Floyd, Samson Ebukam, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Jachai Polite (Reserve/NFI – Terrell Lewis, 3 weeks)
Inside linebacker – (3) Micah Kiser, Kenny Young, Troy Reeder (Injured Reserve, Travin Howard, out for season)
Cornerback – (4) Jalen Ramsey, Troy Hill, Darious Williams, David Long Jr.
Safety – (5) John Johnson III, Taylor Rapp, Terrell Burgess, Jordan Fuller, Nick Scott
Special Teams (3)
Kicker – (1) Sam Sloman
Punter – (1) Johnny Hekker
Long Snapper – (1) Jake McQuaide
This is a fairly well-crafted roster, a surprisingly adept version of matching players to the style of the coordinators. As long as the LA Rams can remain healthy, this team will win it’s share of games this season. Perhaps that is the most important reason to love this roster in the end.