With the LA Rams backs against the wall, will the team tap untested rookies Xavier Jones or Trishton Jackson to pull off a miraculous finish to the season?
The LA Rams are a bit short on the offensive skill players as the team heads into a huge showdown with the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. Let’s recap, shall we? The Rams offense will not have starting quarterback Jared Goff due to a broken thumb, running back Darrell Henderson due to a sprained ankle, nor wide receiver Cooper Kupp due to his assignment to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Beyond that, the Rams will still be missing starting veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, and the likelihood of rookie running back Cam Akers playing this weekend is in the bottom half of probability, but it is still conceivable. So yes, the Rams are a bit of moving parts on the offense. What we know is that the Rams will start backup quarterback John Wolford under center for the first NFL game of his career.
Who will join Wolf’s pack?
The Rams have veteran running back Malcolm Brown in the backfield. Receivers will include Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds, and Van Jefferson. And the Rams will have both tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. Will that be enough for the offense? Well, the Rams have more players already on the active roster. Who, you ask? Well, the team has running back Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, wide receiver Trishton Jackson, and tight end Brycen Hopkins.
Now, don’t expect any of the unused rookies to jump in and get a majority of the offensive snaps in this one. It’s pretty clear that the Rams won’t be turning over the keys to a young player unless forced to do so. But In the rare and unlikely circumstances where they do get playing time, what should you know about these Rams players?