Matthew Stafford ‘sense of urgency’ at LA Rams OTAs
By Bret Stuter
There is a lot going on with the LA Rams rumors right now. The Rams continue to be linked to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. So why are so many experts pointing to the smoke and calling it fire? Well, the experts may have a point. As long as Jared Goff was under center, the team featured wide receivers who excelled at route running and creating separation.
We already have seen that the Rams have added speedy receivers to the roster to stretch the field of opposing defenses. Veteran DeSean Jackson and rookie Tutu Atwell will dictate that defenses commit two defensive backs to handle their deep threat playmaking. But there is also the contested catch realm, as Stafford has the ability to thread the needle. Rookie Ben Skowronek out of Notre Dame has strong hands and can rip the football away from defenders. So too can Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones.
Regardless of the loyalty to each player, the Rams carryover options of Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Trishton Jackson, and even J.J. Koski all play the crisp route, create-separation type of game. For the Rams with Stafford, it makes sense to create a more Stafford-friendly offense.
Will the Rams make another roster move? Well, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the LA Rams are in talks with the Atlanta Falcons to make that happen. Of course, they are not the only team talking to the Falcons. If the Rams believe that they will be a better team after a trade, they are obligated to attempt to make the trade. Forget the three-to-five-year windows folks. After this season, holding the band together for another run gets tricky. Patience with developing players is one thing. Patience for a winning team’s window to win it all?
Let’s just say that Matthew Stafford has the right idea for these Rams in OTA. A sense of urgency is truly needed.