LA Rams humble baseline sets stage to improve for NFL Playoffs

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Rams Roster reinforcements

When the LA Rams defense needed help, the front office added All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller to bolster the defense and add to their NFL leading quarterback sacks.  When the team grew thin at the wide receiver ranks, the team signed coveted free agent Odell Beckam Jr.  Two new faces on the roster with plenty to learn about this new city, new team, new coaches, new playbook, and new teammates.

Many questioned the LA Rams’ addition of OBJ, but the just reported injury to WR Robert Woods proved why the Rams needed to reinforce the position. Now, the team hopes to make up some of the production of Woods with their new receiver.

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Many have already grown frustrated with the LA Rams. But this is a team that has been built and is playing, the long game. That is why the Rams are so actively activating two players each week from the practice squad. This team is dolling out the wear and tear factor on starters whenever possible.

Even at 7-2, even after a hugely disappointing loss, these LA Rams are well ahead of schedule.  Based upon their roster moves, the Rams appear to be following the 2020 template laid out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that fell to 7-5 before kicking in an eight-game winning streak that carried them to the playoffs and through a Super Bowl LV victory.

The Rams are counting on their new and hopefully improved roster to perform in a similar fashion. As the team heads into their BYE week, the team can regroup and emerge with a revised playbook and an even higher ceiling.  This team could do it.