Here we are, taxiing down the runway to the third and final preseason game of the season. That last-ditch opportunity for a dozen or more players to forge their role on the LA Rams roster in the crucible of NFL competition. One more chance for the underestimated prospects on the team to prove their mettle, to place their true worth on display for not only the LA Rams but the entire 32 team National Football League.
It’s a chance to launch a video flair of their deeds before they are asked to step off the roster. The LA Rams roster bus, as those of all teams, will shrink from 80 players to 53 players on August 31st. For the 16 fortunate players, another bus will come along on September 1st and collect players intriguing enough to become part of the Rams practice squad.
For 11 remaining players per team, August 31st is the last day of their dream to play professionally for another year. Some will compromise and join the ranks of a high school or junior college coaching staff. Others will not give up without a fight and will rededicate their training and workout to improve their abilities and, in doing so, their chances for a spot when the next opportunity arrives. Finally, there are those who will place their football cleats into the back of the closet and set out on a new course in life.
For now, though, it’s about fighting against the odds for the last chance. For some fans, preseason games are about the scoreboard, the time of possession, the big plays, and the chance to brag to buddies and colleagues over the water cooler about how great the team looked over the weekend. But the real drama, the real competition, is embedded in the performance of each and every player on the football field. Those who cannot meet the challenge of their rivals, and those who can and do.
This article is about the LA Rams players who have risen to the challenge. These are young players who faced competition for their grasp on an LA Rams roster spot and have met that challenge day in and day out. Through OTAs, training camp, the practice field, joint practices, and scrimmages, and finally the trio of preseason games. There are six young offensive players who have caught the attention of the Rams coaching staff and have earned the right to be featured before the team makes their roster decisions.
This is their story