7 reasons to remain bullish on the LA Rams

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Relatively healthy

As some teams are signing players off the street to play, the LA Rams have been very fortunate so far in their players’ health so far. Healthy teams win championships. So far, the LA Rams have been relatively healthy. On offense, the Rams have lost offensive guard Joseph Noteboom for several weeks due to a calf injury, and all three running backs have been nursing various minor injuries.

The Rams have been impacted more on defense. The team lost inside linebacker Travin Howard for the season, yes. But other injuries have been temporary. The Rams opened the season with OLB Terrell Lewis and NT A’Shawn Robinson on Injured Reserve. Lewis is already back, and the Rams have the option to activate Robinson this week.  The team has also suffered temporary setbacks with rookie Jordan Fuller and OLB Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo, but both should return after the bye.

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2019 injuries forced personnel moves

The Rams have been fortunate so far, but let’s not ignore recent history over the poorly timed player injury. The Rams played the second half of 2018 without WR Cooper Kupp, and with very little help from running back Todd Gurley.  For 2019? The lid came off and the team was reeling from repetitive injuries that forced the team to shop for roster help midway through the nefarious season.

The Rams practically restocked their offensive line on the fly, as well as reworked their secondary due to injuries. And the upside to that was the Rams finished the year at 9-7.  While the team has some player injuries to contend with, the number and severity are very mild. That’s a huge advantage now and will become ever more important as the team heals to full strength.