LA Rams offensive trio vastly underrated in recent ranking of NFL ‘triplets’

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The LA Rams have been very active in terms of tweaking their roster of late. The team traded away veteran quarterback Jared Goff for an even more seasoned veteran in Matthew Stafford. The team had to reinforce the running backs after losing three rushers before the season started, including second-year running back Cam Akers. And the team added a host of new faces at wide receiver, led by speedy veteran DeSean Jackson.

With so many moving parts, it’s no easy task to assess who on the Rams’ offense will shine on any given Sunday. In theory, the Rams have the potential to benefit from a thousand-yard season from as many as five different receivers: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, DeSean Jackson, Van Jefferson, and even tight-end Tyler Higbee. With so many weapons, all with the capability of pushing the ball down the field and moving the chains, who of that group will be the star?

It gets no easier when you flip to the running attack. Darrell Henderson is the veteran with the most LA Rams experience, so it’s a good bet he will be used early in the season. But after downhill runner Sony Michel familiarizes himself with this offense, will he take over as the lead dog?  And will the Rams be content to shuttle Jake Funk to special teams only, or will he have a role on offense running the ball as well?

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All in all, it’s tough for even the savviest LA Rams beat reporters to pick out the top-performing receiver and running back at this point in time. And for good reason, as the Rams did not play a single snap with any of the starters throughout the preseason. That means that the only reports that we have about the offense for 2021 are reports from OTAs, training camp, and joint scrimmages between the LA Rams and either the Dallas Cowboys or the Las Vegas Raiders.

The just posted an article recently by Around the NFL writer Nick Shook, one that took a look and attempted to rank the best QB, WR, RB trio from each NFL team. That’s quite a Herculean task, as many offenses have no history together, and many teams will benefit from the perennial bias that permeates the NFL before the season starts.