Ben but not break
While you may not have noticed much about rookie wide receiver Ben Skowronek, he is the first rookie from the class of 2021 who has caught passes in the LA Rams offense. Of course, that all happened when the offensive starters were pulled from the game for the entire fourth quarter against the Houston Texans
But the Rams have now lost Robert Woods, Tutu Atwell, and even Jacob Harris for the season. The team will obviously lean heavily upon the combination of WR Cooper Kupp, TE Tyler Higbee, WR Van Jefferson, and even newly signed WR Odell Beckham Jr. The only problem with that strategy, their Week 10 opponents, the San Francisco 49ers, are well aware of that strategy.
Rams roster has a potent rookie
When the Rams drafted the 6-foot-3 224-pound wide receiver out of Notre Dame, Ben Skowronek, in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the front office went off-script. Skowronek was not particularly fast, nor lauded for his perfection at running precise routes. He was a big beefy receiver who earned a reputation for strong hands and winning contested footballs.
He has also caught the eye of head coach Sean McVay for his ferocity and intensity. He is an ideal player to step up in Week 10.
Skowronek is not just a receiver. He had the best run-blocking grade in college football of any rookie receiver. In an offense where the Rams have relied on everything that Robert Woods can deliver, the team is now calling upon his understudy to deliver in those same areas. That means that he will be blocking, rubbing, catching, running, jet sweeping, and any other task that the Rams can think of.
The only problem? He is fighting off a thigh injury. If he plays, he will show up big.