LA Rams: Rookie Jacob Harris has limitless potential in this offense

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You know that you’ve drafted a special type of athlete when the first challenge to the start of the rookie’s NFL career is correctly categorizing him in terms of what role he will play for the team. That’s the case for the LA Rams new rookie tight end or wide receiver Jacob Harris. You see, he is 6-foot-5, boasts a 6-foot-9.25 inch wingspan, and currently weighs 211 pounds, which places him firmly in the ‘tweener’ group for the Rams offensive designation.

He stands that towering tight end height that is typically reserved for big-bodied tight ends who not only runs routes but blocks extensively and even lines up occasionally in the backfield. But he is also a svelte 211-pounds, a lean graceful gazelle who churns out huge chunks of yards with each stride. That forces defenses to commit a defensive back to defend him in pass coverage.

The track record of the LA Rams when they have an intriguing offensive weapon on the roster is to do nothing. That’s right. The Rams take their time with offensive rookies. Perhaps it’s the complexity of the Rams offense? Perhaps it’s the no-block-no-rock standard that applies to the receivers before they have the chance to be targeted in the passing game?

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Of course, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay digs the details. Even as he sees a play unfold on a football field, he can envision that same play as it was drawn up on the whiteboard.  He not only envisions where the players are, but where they need to be, with each play. And for rookies learning that precision-driven offensive mindset, it can be a bit intimidating. The Rams offense is choreographed so precisely that 11 players must hit their marks simultaneously. This is the NFL, and McVay drives the offense hard.