Rosters set, time enough for one more chat about LA Rams Week 1

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Rams roster and what to look for

The Rams roster and coaching staff were pillaged in the offseason once more, so there will be plenty of unfamiliar faces along the sidelines of the LA Rams bench. Hopefully, they won’t be strangers for long.

When the LA Rams have the football, don’t be surprised if you find yourself gasping for air occasionally. The Rams’ offensive line returns just three starters from last season, plus two newly promoted starters. At left tackle, the Rams will welcome Joe Noteboom, a very capable who did an incredible job subbing in over the past two seasons. At right guard, the Rams welcome Coleman Shelton, an interior lineman who displayed the ability to start.

The Rams’ passing game welcomes a great wide receiver in Allen Robinson, a veteran who loves to rip the football out of the air. He will start alongside All-Pro WR Cooper Kupp and returning tight end Tyler Higbee. Look for the occasional appearance of WRs Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Brandon Powell, and Lance McCutcheon, plus the chance of sighting TE Brycen Hopkins. Don’t be disappointed if the Rams focus most of their passes on Robinson, Kupp, or Higbee, as Rams head coach Sean McVay will not want to put too much pressure on his younger players.

He may not have a choice in the running game, as the Rams will start with a duo of Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr., with rookie RB Kyren Williams eager to make his contribution to the Rams offense out of the gate. While running may not be a strong suit of the Rams’ offense this year, I believe that it will be better than expected in the opener, and could be a huge surprise to the NFL in the prime-time opener.