LA Rams: One last look at the young receivers as training camp winds down
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams have added rookies to the wide receiver position including Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek, Jacob Harris (officially a tight end, but he has plenty of receiver-like skills), Landon Akers, and Jeremiah Haydel. They join returning players J.J. Koski, Trishton Jackson, and of course Van Jefferson. Added to those names in the receiver room include veterans Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and DeSean Jackson.
But for now, let’s peel off the veterans who are in, including Van Jefferson for now. Let’s focus on the wide receiver room of players who want desperately to make this roster, but who may fall short simply due to the number of talented players on the roster. The wide receiver room, unlike any other time of the Rams history under head coach Sean McVay, holds the key to success for the LA Rams in 2021.
Realistically, the LA Rams will likely carry no more than seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster if the team chooses to carry just four running backs. We know that four of those wide receiver spots will go to the top four wide receivers on the roster: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, DeSean Jackson, and Van Jefferson. That leaves three slots remaining, and they were filled by Josh Reynolds, Nsimba Webster (who also filled the punt and kick return duties) with the final slot held by undrafted rookie wide receiver Trishton Jackson.
Of course, if the team absolutely falls in love with that extra guy at wide receiver, anything is possible. And the Rams will likely try very hard to sneak a couple of receivers through on the practice squad for the 2022 roster because the outlook for receivers next season is abysmal. So now here we are. Three spots and a lot of players chasing those spots down. Who earns a spot? Well, that’s what we are here to find out.