Position of need: Deep threat WR
Why is this a need? The LA Rams have enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game with NFL defenses over the ability to score instantly from virtually any spot on the football field. But as of late, there has not been much quick-strike happening when the LA Rams have the ball.
Who can fill the role from within? The LA Rams have committed quite a bit to the receiver role already for the 2021 NFL season. Of course, there are no hard or fast rules to prohibit the Rams from spending more money. But what good will it do for the Rams to sign up a free agent wide receiver if they ignore more pressing needs on the offense or defense? The LA Rams have two rookie wide receivers who could find themselves very important to the offense’s plans in 2021.
Van Jefferson is fast than many had expected. Unfortunately, he played a very limited role in the offense in 2020. His speed should earn him plenty of offensive snaps, particularly in the wake of Josh Reynolds testing the NFL Free Agency market. Keep an eye on teammate Trishton Jackson too. Jackson plays a very similar style to that of Reynolds and could play a vital role in the offense this coming season.
Rams likely plan to address the position: The Rams simply have spent too much to keep Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Until the NFL Salary cap rises significantly, I expect the LA Rams will not further invest in the receiver group. The Rams may grab a late rookie in the NFL Draft, or comb young prospects to seek a diamond in the rough after the draft. But the budget simply can’t support signing a big-name deep threat wide receiver. Look for the Rams to rely upon a younger player stepping up.