4 most important players on the LA Rams who are not starters

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LA Rams Roster Chris Garrett
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III  OLB Chris Garrett

51. . . . Chris Garrett. 3. player

The LA Rams’ edge pass rushers were a bit inconsistent last year, particularly since both Terrell Lewis and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo started the season with health issues. The Rams no longer have Obo, and Terrell Lewis continues to be a snap-managed player who is dealing with knee injuries. The two starters at the position are Leonard Floyd and Justin Hollins.

Looks like it will be up to Chris Garrett to play some quality snaps this season.

At 6-foot-4 and 245-pounds, Garrett appears to have the right size to play the position. And in the 2021 preseason games, Garrett literally took over a game for about 10 minutes. With all of that, he was a non-factor. He played just four defensive snaps all season, and six snaps on special teams. He saw no action in the NFL Playoffs.

If the LA Rams did not trust Garrett, they have a funny way of addressing the roster as a result. The team lost two edge rushers via free agency and yet added just one in the 2022 NFL Draft, Daniel Hardy.  The hope is that the Rams roster will not need to endure multiple injuries to the outside linebackers. Still, even in a perfect health scenario, The Rams will need Chris Garrett to fill in for the vacated defensive snaps of Ogbonnia Okoronkwo at a minimum.

At best, Garrett will become one of the main rotational players for the Rams’ defense, and be able to give both Floyd and Hollins quality rest periods during the game. Realistically speaking, if Garrett is unable to take on a larger role this year on defense, the Rams may need to shop for an outside linebacker this year.