LA Rams WR Tutu Atwell showing how badly he wants to play
By Bret Stuter
There has been very little compassion and sympathy from the LA Rams fans towards wide receiver Tutu Atwell. Selected with the 57th pick of the 2021 NFL draft, while the Rams’ favorite prospect IOL Creed Humphrey was still on the draft board. That was a rough way to make an introduction to a fan base that has been frustrated with the lack of attention by the Rams’ front office to restock the offensive line.
Instead, the LA Rams added an offensive weapon, a wide receiver, to a wide receiver group that seemed well-stocked before the Rams entered the 2021 NFL Draft. Then, to add insult to injury, the Rams chose two more receivers, TE/WR Jacob Harris and WR Ben Skowronek, while not adding a single offensive lineman.
Atwell hoped to become the LA Rams punt or kickoff returner in his rookie season, but he struggled in both roles. And thanks to an awfully deep roster at wide receiver, Atwell never pivoted to the Rams’ offense before suffering an injury that ended his season.
The Rams vowed to reintegrate Atwell into the offense, a responsibility that was immediately assigned to the Rams’ new offensive coordinator, Liam Coen. For the Rams, the hope to get Atwell involved seemed to make no progress. At least, not until mid-November 2022.
Tutu Atwell wants to earn a spot on this offense
Tutu Atwell announced his desire to play wide receiver in the NFL when he caught one of two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. The following week, he caught two of two passes against the Kansas City Chiefs for 23 yards.
That set him up for his third straight game. Would he catch a pass in this one? Why certainly, and he made quite the circus catch in the process.
He has a chance to score a touchdown with a 22-yard pass that quarterback John Wolford hurled into Atwell’s outstretched hands. Unfortunately, Tutu Atwell could only get one foot down, forcing the Rams to settle for a field goal.
The Rams are undermanned on offense against the Seattle Seahawks. But you cannot say that Tutu Atwell is not putting forth his best effort. Atwell has rushed the ball twice for 12 yards in this one as well. Atwell’s 42 yards of offense leads the Rams so far. But there is still plenty of game to play.