Five young LA Rams players who will shine in 2021

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LA Rams roster Van Jefferson
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Wide receiver

Wide receiver Van Jefferson was a disappointment, but only due to my overestimation of his role on the 2020 offense. He is a gifted young receiver, who happened to end up on a team with a penchant to redshirt offensive rookies. And now that the LA Rams have gotten him past the dreaded rookie year, he should ease nicely into the offensive rotation.

He has all of the makings of a star for the LA Rams at the wide receiver position. He has a similar skill set to his teammates Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, so he can rotate in on offensive plays seamlessly.  And he has had enough playing time to become rather familiar with the LA Rams offensive plays.

The LA Rams need new and dangerous offensive weapons for 2021, and Van Jefferson did not even scratch the surface of what he can bring to the Rams offense. This 6-foot-2 197-pound receiver came down with 19 of the 31 passes thrown his way for 220 yards and a touchdown. But what was truly promising? He played for an injured Cooper Kupp in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and caught six out of seven passes thrown his way for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Young players oftentimes springboard from solid postseason performances into the following season. And Jefferson’s 2020 grade from Pro Football Focus of 67.1 is a very promising start to what will surely be a long NFL career.  Will he be uncorked in 2021? I think so. The Rams need to feature new weapons, and Van Jefferson is very dangerous.