The lessons learned about the way that the LA Rams approach building their roster have helped us refine the way we view the roster additions who arrive towards the end of the process. Rather than just slapping someone in there, the Rams seem to become even more determined to find that one last gold nugget from the draft class teeming with rookie talent.
The LA Rams did not need running back help, and yet they made it a point to sign up rookie running back Otis Anderson Jr. who hails from the University of Central Florida Knights (formerly Golden Knights before 2007). He’s 5-foot-8 and 179-pounds, so the initial thought is that he was brought into the Rams training camp to round out the roster and field some kickoffs and punts.
In terms of size, he falls into the ‘microburst’ section of the team rushers, in the same group as running backs Raymond Calais (5-foot-8 188-pounds) and Darrell Henderson (5-foot-8 208-pounds). That’s pretty stiff competition folks, and at first blush, you may wonder (just like we did) why even bother with him. Ah, that would be the cheap and easy conclusion.
So we do what we do, and began digging for some answers.
Clearly, Otis Anderson is thrilled to be a member of the LA Rams. It’s a lifelong dream and at the last possible moment, there is a new life to become an NFL player. You can bet that he will not give up this chance without his best effort. Now, why should we be thrilled that he is on the Rams roster? So glad you asked…