5 LA Rams players who could lose their jobs to rookies

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4. Tutu Atwell/Demarcus Robinson/Ben Skowronek, WR, LA Rams

The Rams' wide receiver competition will be one of the more intriguing roster battles this summer. There isn't a ton of certainty behind Cooper Kupp, although the assumption is that the likes of Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek, and the newly signed Demarcus Robinson will all have a role to play.

Keep an eye on fifth-round rookie Puka Nacua, though. Nacua has reportedly been one of the stars of the spring for the Rams, and given the lack of certainty in the team's wide receiver room, he has every chance to claim a starting role at some point.

Nacua is an excellent blocker and has been compared to former Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. It's possible he could eventually fill a similar role in the Rams' offense.

Like with Evans, I wouldn't count on Nacua playing 80 percent of his team's snaps in Week 1, but as the season goes on, he could absolutely be integrated more into the offense.

3. Joseph Noteboom, OL, LA Rams

The Rams signed Joseph Noteboom to a three-year, $40 million extension in March of last year. Unfortunately for the former third-round pick, he suffered a torn Achilles just six games into the season.

In his place, former Iowa standout Alaric Jackson stepped up and played surprisingly well. It's unclear who will strart at left tackle for the Rams this season, but Jackson has every chance to win the job.

If that happens, perhaps the Rams consider moving Noteboom back inside to guard. The issue is that Noteboom has struggled mightily in the past at guard and could face steep competition in the form of second-round pick Steve Avila.

If Jackson wins the left tackle job, it seems unlikely that Noteboom would beat out Avila at left guard. Don't be shocked if Noteboom, whether healthy or not, is not a Week 1 starter for the Rams.