LA Rams: 2021 roster is set to get the Max benefit

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Living on the edge

When outside linebacker Max Roberts signed on with the LA Rams after the 2021 NFL Draft, some might have viewed his chances to make the roster, whether the practice squad or the 53-man roster, as a long shot. That may have been a hasty and somewhat premature call. He put in the work in his last year at Boston College. He is a compact powerhouse who hits hard and who plays with both high energy and passion.

He is raw, just an unbridled diffused energetic and talented rookie who needs to develop quickly.

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And let’s be honest, he couldn’t have selected a better team to get that type of NFL education.  It’s survival of the fittest, and the 6-foot-1, 256-pound edge rusher from Boston College is certainly fit. His draft profile was encouraging, if not bursting with accolades.

The LA Rams are an ideal landing spot for Roberts. Despite the team’s depth at the position, at least two players – Terrell Lewis and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – have lingering questions about their durability. Those types of questions remain unresolved for a roster until the players emerge from the season unscathed.

In the meantime, Roberts can be the low-cost insurance policy for the team to ensure that the Rams have enough depth among the ranks to fill in should the team need help in case of an untimely injury. And that is in the worst-case scenario. In better scenarios, Roberts himself wows coaches and earns a role outright. While unlikely, he is certainly capable of becoming a disrupter off the edge.