Time for a cool change
The fact is that the Rams receiver room had been a bit homogenous. The Rams loved to add receivers, but under former quarterback Jared Goff, that prototype was a bit uniform. The LA Rams featured WR Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds, and Van Jefferson, all of whom could plug and play similar roles in the offense.
When the LA Rams traded for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, the paradigm changed. The LA Rams were a bit more open to the type of wide receiver that they were willing to take a chance on. With Stafford’s arm, the team was open to adding speedy receivers like DeSean Jackson and Tutu Atwell. With his willingness to throw into tighter coverages, the Rams added skyscraper Jacob Harris, and a player who made contested catches in rookie Ben Skorownek.
Rough-n-Ready Rams? Yes, please
It was the way that Skowronek handled himself in training camp, going up for catches, that gave the LA Rams coaching staff more open-mindedness to adding more refined skillsets of going up for the ball and making contest catches that may have turned the corner for the Rams. The small speedsters did not work out so well. But the taller physical receivers? There was something there.
The LA Rams reinforced that thinking when the team signed free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in mid-season. OBJ was a step in the right direction. Although he needed time to learn the Rams offensive playbook, he was a seasoned veteran who understood the way defenses work, and how to prevent them from doing so.
Beckham improved during the final games of the 2021 NFL Season. But come postseason? He ignited by catching 21 of 26 passes for 288 yards, 15 first downs, and two touchdowns in just four games. His number would have been even better if not for an ACL injury suffered in the first half of Super Bowl LVI. Odell Beckham Jr. proved that Stafford loves to throw to players who climb the ladder and get the football. So what does this have to do with Allen Robinson?