The LA Rams are a very young team, a path of both deliberate decisions made by the team and a random intersection of circumstances that have forced the organization to employ alternate methods of building a successful NFL roster.
But the team is getting older at key positions, and not by accident.
The Rams may trade for elite players and may draft from Day 3 players, but this team seldom enters the bidding war for an NFL Free Agent (of course, in the words of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay: “Never say never”).
This is the time in any season where the team starts the countdown toward a playoff run. Intensity among the players rises, the front office is a bit more proactive, and the young players that you had hoped to see on the football field begin to work into the normal rotations.
Rams roster rotation
If the LA Rams hope to count on the younger players in the NFL Playoffs, they must start to show up and deliver now. So let’s examine who on the Rams roster may be showing up in larger roles against a very formidable Tennessee Titans in Week 9.
The Rams have successfully interwoven some younger players into the mix this season already. Not surprisingly, it is the defense that seems to have taken the lead on that front. Rookie inside linebacker Ernest Jones played very well in his first NFL start in Week 8. Rookie Robert Rochell seems to be doing an excellent job for the team in three starts on the defense so far.
They will both be expected to play significant contributing roles for the team in the weeks ahead: both in the games leading up to the NFL Playoffs and in the post-season. So are there any other young athletes who may see a larger role on the team in Week 9 and in the weeks ahead?