LA Rams: True Grit – WR Trishton Jackson reclaiming roster spot
Plenty of special team potential
Of course, there are plenty of ways to remain on the roster. KR/PR Nsimba Webster did not see action on the offense, but he was the staple for the Rams’ special teams until his release earlier this off-season. Now, with projected punt returner rookie Tutu Atwell on COVID-19 quarantine, the Rams will need someone to field kickoffs and punts.
No, Trishton Jackson does not have that in his background. But stepping up for special teams as a return specialist is just one way to open a back door to remain on the roster. With his size and speed, he would be ideal for coverage units as well. A mad dash downfield avoiding opposing players to hit the mark of where the football lands as it arrives into a returner’s hands to ensure a fair catch is another way as well.
Jackson can do either, and a willingness to attempt new roles will give him added value. Roster spots are assigned to players who give the team the most value for that roster spot. Becoming valuable to Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis would be very smart for any LA Rams player who is or might fall onto the roster bubble.
The key to it all for Jackson, and any young player hoping to stick around, is to form bonds with other players, make themselves available at every opportunity for a coachable moment, demonstrate proficiency in drills at training camp, and shine like a superstar in preseason games.
Can Jackson deliver? Hey, don’t underestimate anyone who can earn a roster spot on a highly competitive NFL Team with little training camp and no preseason games. Trishton Jackson is made of some incredibly tough stuff that seems to flourish when the heat is on.
Perhaps everything will sort itself out, and the LA Rams will go in a different direction. But I would not bet even a single dollar on that outcome. Whether he has the inside track or is a long shot to make this LA Rams roster, there is something about a gritty damn-the-torpedoes mindset like Trishton Jackson that makes him tough to discount. The LA Rams love toughness at the wide receiver position, and Jackson is clearly one tough son-of-a-gun. Will it show up this offseason? That’s to be determined. But I wouldn’t volunteer to be the guy who has to tell Trishton Jackson that he didn’t make the team.