3 LA Rams veterans who got a huge boost from 2023 NFL Draft
By Bret Stuter
Quarterback Matthew Stafford
The two NFL season performances of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford could not be any more different than the day and night experiences with the LA Rams so far. Day in that he led the LA Rams to a Super Bowl victory in his first season with the team, and recorded his first four NFL Playoff victories in the process. Night in that his second season found him being tossed around like a rag doll, He survived just nine games, but his production in passing yards fell from 4886 to 2087 yards, and his scoring plummeted from 41 passing touchdowns to just 10.
But resting for half the season though today has allowed Matthew Stafford to heal up as good as new, and perhaps better than ever in terms of his playing time with the LA Rams. So, even from a Matthew Stafford perspective alone, the LA Rms have every reason to look for the 2021 NFL season version to return in 2023. But there will be more reasons too:
Reasons why he will flourish in 2023:
The LA Rams offense has a lot of pressure to do well in the 2023 NFL season. But there are many factors now that point to the Rams scoring more points and moving the chains much more easily that 2022. For starters, the LA Rams running game will be more than a painful exercise in trying to stay balanced this season. The Rams offense proved that it could run the football in 2022, at least at the end of the season, and that will serve Stafford well in 2023 in efforts to halt that relentless quarterback pressure that seldom allowed enough time to get rid of the football.
Couple that with the fact that the LA Rams appear to have invested significant assets into strengthening their offensive line, and you now have the makings of a very dangerous and unpredictable offense that has been known to explode in scoring when conditions are ripe. With a better offensive line, the full Rams offensive playbook is activated, and the team can put up points quickly when that happens.
Unlike casual NFL analysts who cite the Rams offense as severely lacking weapons, this offense has stockpiled offensive weapons for years and simply failed to do the same in the trenches to give the offense a fighting chance. The Rams have WR Cooper Kupp, WR Van Jefferson, and TE Tyler Higbee, all of whom could put up 1000+ yards this season. Then you factor in variables like the rushing of Cam Akers, WR Tutu Atwell, TE Hunter Long, and you have a pretty balanced offense.