As the LA Rams find themselves emerging from strictly training camp to the part of the offseason that is populated with preseason games, it’s a great opportunity to stop, look and listen. After all, the work is just starting, but the hierarchy of the team, that all-important depth chart, is now starting to congeal.
As the team pivots from drills, training camp, and practices into preseason games and showcases the opportunities to perform in a more competitive and game-like stage and setting, the burden falls upon those players who have yet to secure a roster spot with the team. Known as bubble players, the LA Rams have established the tradition of holding starters and key backups out of preseason games, and allowing backups and bubble players to compete exclusively.
With the LA Rams competing in their first preseason game this week, the team has published their first unofficial 2022 depth chart. And man oh man, this is great stuff for fans to ponder over, and use as a reference guide for the upcoming trilogy of preseason games.
As soon as the NFL Free Agency market opened for business, the Rams were never going to Run It Back as their euphoric post-Super Bowl chanting indicated. OLB Von Miller took the money and ran to the Buffalo Bills. The LA Rams, while encouraging WR Odell Beckham Jr. to come back, have not met the veteran wide receiver’s salary and contract demands. But with a new season, new opportunities arrive as well.
There are plenty of new faces on the Rams roster, and many of them are named as starters for the 2022 NFL season. Veteran wide receiver Allen Robinson is getting plenty of buzz out of training camp on offense. So too, veteran inside linebacker Bobby Wagner is showcasing just how much of a difference an All-Pro linebacker can make on the Rams’ defense.
Still, now that we’ve seen the first unofficial depth chart, there are plenty of questions about the placement of some players. In other positions, there are clear and obvious reasons for outright concern. Where, for example? Here are the top three troublespots on the first Rams depth chart: