LA Rams: 3 ways WR Ben Skowronek contributes to offense instantly

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Adding a wide receiver in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft initially appeared to be an extravagance that the LA Rams could do without. After parting ways with Josh Reynold via free agency, the already well-rostered receiver room of the LA Rams added veteran DeSean Jackson and rookie Tutu Atwell. At that point, and thanks to the presence of perceived other roster needs, the Rams felt rather saturated.

Adding one more player in the draft not only felt futile but even should that player succeed and end up on the roster, a returning veteran from the team’s 2020 NFL season would therefore not. So the net effect would be a wash.

And yet, the LA Rams selected wide receiver, Ben Skowronek, from the University of Notre Dame with their 249th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a receiver with intriguing size at 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds.  While he was blessed with the size of outbound wide receiver Josh Reynolds, he doesn’t come close to Reynolds’ speed. Skowronek ran a 4.68 -second 40-yard dash.  But don’t discount Skowronek’s abilities just yet.

A good sign for a rookie in the LA Rams offense is emerging from OTAs with a smile.

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A very good sign is a rookie wide receiver emerging from the Rams OTAs looking forward to the next chapter of training camp. Of course, the optimism meter is buried to maximum on every player right now. So what makes us think that Skowronek will contribute to the offense? Hmm… perhaps these three reasons?