The LA Rams seem to have a knack for finding players whose upside evades NFL scouts and draft analysts from 31 other teams. Whatever the Rams do in terms do in evaluating talent, they had better pull together a package to have their process patented. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it right. Their ability to pan through the silt of so many college football prospects, and find a nugget of gold is incredible.
But even with that in mind, LA Rams rookie wide receiver Lance McCutcheon is a bit special.
The 6-foot-3 202-pound wide receiver may not have heard his name called out during the 2022 NFL Draft, but he has certainly heard his name and jersey number called out often in the LA Rams’ three preseason games so far. Let’s take a look at how well he has performed so far.
Week 1: @ Chargers – 5/6, 87 yards, 2 TDs, 1 2Pt conversion
Week 2: Texans – 5/6 96 yards
Week 3: @ Cincinnati – 5/8 76 yards (pending outcome of the game)
Total: 15/19 255 yards, two touchdowns, and one two-point conversion
Some have argued that McCutcheon’s production should somehow be discounted. Why? He faced the Chargers starters for part of that game. He faced the Texans starters for most of that game, and he faced a pretty solid Bengals secondary in that one. Besides, he was catching passes from John Wolford and Bryce Perkins, neither of whom are starting for the Rams offense.
Keep in mind that McCutcheon is still a bit raw in terms of how much he can perform from the Rams’ offensive playbook automatically. He is still learning, still becoming with his team and his surroundings. But when he is on the football field, he is a natural.
Is it safe to say that he has earned a roster spot? If not he, then who? The Rams chatted up Tutu Atwell and Ben Skowronek, but those praises have come from the practice field. I’m not convinced that their performances translate to a full-impact NFL game. Atwell has durability questions. Skowronek has questions about his hands and his ability to catch the football.
Will the LA Rams find room on their roster? LA Rams WR Lance McCutcheon may be an undrafted wide receiver, but in my opinion, he is undeniably making this roster.