The LA Rams have a fine eye for talent. Almost a diamond cutters eye, the ability to look over the brilliance of an NFL free agent, hold him up to the light, and perceive how that player can fit in the LA Rams scheme. It was apparent throughout the 2021 NFL season that the Rams had a knack for finding the player who was nearly a perfect fit for what the team needed at that moment.
From the determined running of Sony Michel to the gimme-that-football grittiness of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Rams proved to the NFL that the only true limiting force in the league is a lack of imagination and perception. After all, who would have imagined that two-year-retired Eric Weddle could return and not only hold his own in the NFL Playoffs but actually prove to be an upgrade?
The Rams are bringing that uncanny ability of veterans to calm their teammates and find a path to victory back into fashion. The same force of find-them-and-feature-them that worked for so many outside linebackers in the past helped to resuscitate the waning career of veteran outside linebacker Von Miller. Of course, that worked both ways, as Miller brought passion, levity, and a stoic calmness to the Rams that showed up time and time again as the Rams roared back to victory in two postseason games.
So veterans matter in the NFL. They are not just some guys to cut massive paychecks for just to watch them sit around in the locker room to tell stories about yesteryear and back when the NFL players had less protective equipment and more toughness.
The LA Rams are no longer a team trying to win it all. This team has won it all, and that means that the shortcuts taken to get there must now be examined and reinforced whenever and wherever possible. What do I mean? Well, we witnessed just how effectively veterans integrated and upgraded the team when they were brought on board in 2021.
While the Rams may yet re-sign WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the roster, the Rams can sign some off-the-radar veterans to fill bench roles just in case of future needs. After all, it’s much easier to promote a player off the bench to identify, vet, sign, onboard, acclimate, and prepare a veteran off the streets. So who should the Rams sign for bench insurance? We have three players in mind: