So here you are, that undrafted free agent wide receiver who beat the odds in 2020 and made the LA Rams 53-man roster. You are former Syracuse wide receiver Trishton Jackson, a young man who was projected to hear his name called as early as day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, but for some stroke of bad luck or misfortune, you never heard your name called. That made things a bit… challenging.
After all, a Campbell’s condensed version of training camp didn’t allow much time to impress anybody, and no preseason games all but eliminated meaningful roles for anyone who didn’t return from the 2019 roster. That meant sitting on the bench, becoming inactive on game day, and back for another week of practice hoping that this would be the week for offensive snaps that never came. Still, making it to the 53-man roster against all odds would give the perfect background to making some noise in 2021.
That wasn’t how the script is written so far, it seems, as the Rams organization made a deliberate effort to add offensive weapons during the 2021 NFL Draft. Of course, rookie additions create buzz to a volume, and pitch that drowned out any background buzz over returning 2020 rookies.
Yes, Trishton Jackson is back, probably facing stronger competition and even longer odds of making the team than a year ago. And yet, he is not out of the running, not by a long shot.
Jackson is 6-foot-1 and 191-pounds. He can hit the 40-yard dash in just 4.5-seconds. He is the right size, speed, and mindset to succeed in the NFL if given a chance. Now, why should the LA Rams give him a chance in 2021?