Fourth- Stay Healthy
In the first two weeks, the rate of player injuries has captured the NFL headlines already. While the Rams are affected by injuries, the team has been extremely fortunate in that most of the injuries are temporary by nature, and are at positions where the Rams depth is sufficient to sustain solid game rotations at those key positions. The Rams learned their lesson the hard way in 2019. 20 players were injured that season. So far, the team has been both patient and cautious with injuries this year.
That’s made a huge difference. It’s far better to get a player off the field to rest and heal a minor injury for several weeks than to play hurt and risk aggravating the injury to end that player’s season prematurely. Right now, the Rams are working to get running backs Malcolm Browns and Cam Akers back on the mend. The team is also exercising caution over an injury to left guard Joseph Noteboom.
Reinforced and ready
If the Rams can remain relatively injury-free, the team will be in pretty good shape for the second half of the season. That is in stark contrast to both 2018 and 2019, where the Rams were limping along to the finish of both seasons. In 2018, the Rams signed up running back C.J. Anderson to help carry the load for the Rams to get into and through the playoffs. In 2019, the Rams had to trade to refurbish the offensive line and defensive secondary.
The healthiest NFL teams have a huge advantage, and the Rams need very much to take advantage of what a healthy roster can mean for the team in the last games of the season and into the NFL Playoffs. This roster was not perceived to be worth anything, but it has proven better than expected. The offensive line was decimated with injuries last year, and a significant majority declared the offensive line as deficient. The defense lost all starting linebackers, and yet the Rams 2020 defense is better than ever.