The LA Rams roster is becoming rather exciting again. Well, not in the way that other NFL team rosters are exciting. Other teams are trading for players to help their roster. So far, the Rams have been linked to just about every offensive lineman, running back, wide receiver, and pass rusher who is now rumored to be on the trading block, but have come up empty so far.
Still, with the LA Rams sitting on a dozen or so players on Injured Reserve, and a handful more injured on the active roster, news about players getting healthy enough to suit up once more is exciting news indeed.
So what should we expect? After all, the Rams have designated DB Troy Hill, WR Van Jefferson, and RB Kyren Williams to return to the active roster. Because the team never moved OL Brian Allen to IR, the team has no requirement to place him on the designated list.
Who is back? Who isn’t back?
Because players who have been on the IR list have not participated with the team in practices, the NFL provides a 21-day window to allow the team to get the athlete up to speed, familiarize them with the playbook, and assess their ability to compete in live NFL action before they are returned to the active roster. If the player fails to achieve the necessary proficiency, they remain on IR.
The LA Rams may involve WR Van Jefferson in several offensive plays in Game 7. But even if he does see action, I expect the Rams passing attack to focus on WR Cooper Kupp, Ben Skowronek, and to a lesser extent, Allen Robinson.
What of RB Kyren Williams? Because he is a rookie, the Rams should take a slower path to active duty with him, and it appears that is the plan as well.
Despite the absence of RB Cam Akers, the Rams can run with RB Darrell Henderson Jr., Malcolm Brown, and perhaps active practice squad RB Ronnie Rivers for Game 7. Will that be enough to snap the 49ers’ seven-game regular season winning streak?
What should you expect from the new arrivals in the LA Rams offense? I’d be very conservative in any expectations from the skill players. It will take time to get them fully integrated into the LA Rams offense.