Lance McCutcheon gives LA Rams depth chart untold riches
By Bret Stuter
31 NFL teams would have no doubt in their minds over the chances of undrafted rookie Lance McCutcheon claiming a roster spot on their teams. But the best you can get out of the LA Rams right now is that McCutcheon has a shot of making the 53-man roster.
It’s not just that the Rams hold a pretty high bar for any rookie trying to earn a roster spot. It’s simply the fact that the LA Rams roster for the wide receiver position is pretty deep right now. What do I mean? Let’s look at the Rams’ depth chart that many seem to believe will appear on the team’s 53-man roster:
WR1 – Cooper Kupp WR2 – Allen Robinson WR3 (Injured) – Van Jefferson
WR3A – Ben Skowronek WR3B – Tutu Atwell WR6 – WR/KR/PR – Brandon Powell.
WR7-Jacob Harris WR8 – Lance McCutcheon
While I think that the ‘next man up,’ right now is undrafted rookie wide receiver Lance McCutcheon, he is the lone rookie in this group. That means that while his upside has yet to be determined, his current status for the Rams roster is more about redshirting until the coaching staff feels that he is ready to perform.
We cited the need for McCutcheon to put up impressive preseason games, and that is exactly what he did. He was so impressive that even former LA Rams great, Jim Everett, called him out for his impressive performance, describing him as having ‘Robert Woods Moxy.’
McCutcheon may make the LA Rams roster in the end. But don’t look for the young man to show up before the mid-season mark. He may be talented, but he is not quite polished enough for prime-time NFL football just yet.
The good news is that he will continue to grow and develop simply by watching teammates Cooper Kupp, and Allen Robinson, and when healthy, Van Jefferson play. The LA Rams’ wide receiver depth ran awfully thin in 2021. I can’t envision that happening this year.
Which means, the LA Rams depth chart will likely be loaded with talent WRs this year.