4 roster moves where LA Rams zigged and should have zagged

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The LA Rams have done quite a few roster moves: Whether free agent signings or outright trades with other NFL teams, that have left NFL fans and pundits gasping and wondering how the team managed it.  It’s a way of life now for the LA Rams and the fans that enthusiastically support the team. It’s nearly an expectation that, when the Rams’ roster weakens through injury, the front office will somehow find a way to patch the roster with a player who seems to be an upgrade.

I won’t pretend that I was not enthusiastic about the LA Rams’ addition of WR Allen Robinson, hopeful about the team drafting RB Kyren Williams, nervous about the team drafting WR Tutu Atwell, and downright sick to my stomach over the LA Rams trading away WR Robert Woods for nothing more than a six-pack and a pack of pretzels. But I was willing to swallow doubt and let events play out as they would.

The book has not been completely written on any of these players just yet. And to pretend that we know all about what may yet improve in the future is not something I want to suggest. But from the early poll results, the usual savvy LA Rams front office appears to be, at first blush, off their game.

LA Rams lost two key personnel execs to the Detroit Lions

That does not appear to be the case for the Detroit Lions, a team that had hired former Rams executive Brad Holmes to take over as the team’s GM. And he in turn added former Rams executive Ray Agnew as his assistant GM.  Since the Rams had lost their promising pair of personnel executives, the team appears to be slipping in terms of personnel choices.

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So what do I mean? Well, the ability of the Rams to select the right player for the team like a stone mason chooses the right fieldstones to construct a stone farmhouse seems to be waning.  So too does that instinctual guide as to where to prune the roster no longer possesses the same surgical precision. And in the process, that ability of the Rams’ front office to deliver that right player exactly when needed seems to be out of synch this season.  What do I mean? Well, here are some examples: