The LA Rams’ need for roster help before the trade deadline is an action that everyone seems to be in agreement about. But drilling down a bit further is where the fanbase quickly fissions into separate and passionate camps that insist that the front office pursues acquiring a player who can help in their specific area.
Some believe that the Rams need to drop everything and trade for a starting offensive lineman. But the LA Rams have signed three offensive linemen already this year to the roster since the season began. The Rams have added Oday Aboushi, Matt Skura, and Ty Nsekhe. Of that group, only Oday Aboushi has seen action for the Rams so far this season. So the Rams have added three offensive linemen. Not enough? Well, would trading valuable assets for another player who sits on the bench improve this team that much?
Others point to the running back position. But the LA Rams did sign both RB Malcolm Brown and RB Ronnie Rivers to the practice squad roster and have since signed Brown to the active roster. But the LA Rams tried both rushers in Game 6, and the pair combined for eight rushes and 15 yards.
Of course, we know that the Rams did attempt to acquire RB Christian McCaffrey, but were outbid by their NFC West nemesis, the San Francisco 49ers. While there are other running backs rumored to be on the trade market, the Rams likely have their eye set on a pass rusher as well.
Can the LA Rams find a pass rusher at the trade deadline?
A third enclave wishes the Rams to acquire a pass rusher, and they have a point. Even as the Rams’ defense has proven to be the best unit of the team so far, the pass rush is struggling tremendously this season:
Is there help available? Of course. Can the Rams afford to add to their pass rush? We believe they can, yes. So who might the Rams be interested in acquiring? We had listed three pass rushers who the Rams could and should have an interest in acquiring. In truth, there are likely more where that came from.
The Rams have added three offensive linemen already, and have signed two running backs to the roster. But when it comes to a pass rusher, the team signed and then released Takk McKinley. As the NFL trade deadline approaches, the Rams likely consider all their options. But the greatest need for the team continues to be a pass rusher.