3 ways to fix the LA Rams return game for 2021

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LA Rams J.J. Koskie
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WR Koski

The Rams did not cast aside all of the receiving talented players who failed to make the team’s 53-man roster. WR J.J. Koski was another undrafted free agent signing for the Rams after the 2020 NFL Draft. Much like Jackson, Koski stands 6-foot-1 and tips the scale at 195-pounds.

We featured Koskie in our 2020 UDFA analysis article. While he was a backyard prospect of the Rams, having played his college career and the nearby California Polytechnic State University (Cal-Poly), he was worth the opportunity. His 40-yard dash time is a very respectable 4.54-seconds, and he possessed one of the best route trees among all prospects from the 2020 NFL Draft. But on his Pro Day, he put up 4.44-seconds and 4.47-seconds.

Koski was a key offensive weapon in Cal-Poly’s triple-option offense. In that offensive scheme, the quarterback has three options on any play. He can give it, or hand the football off to a running back. He can keep it, to either run or pass the ball. Or he can pitch it, tossing it out to a wide receiver, wide back, or tight end.

That background of getting the ball either via pitchout or via pass gave Koski a well-rounded background in hauling in the football and advancing it quickly. The results were obvious, as he caught 121 passes for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns in his college career. That is reason enough to get the ball in his hand in the NFL.  Of course, the Rams did not have enough time to do so in 2020. But they need to take the time to do so in 2021.