5 Rams players who are on the roster bubble after NFL Draft

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II: WR Tyler Johnson

Veteran wide receiver Tyler Johnson is back with the team for another season. But for how long? An NFL journeyman who has played for three different teams in four seasons, Johnson has been a solid depth player who does enough right to be signed to NFL team rosters, but not enough to stick on any roster for long.

While he was with the Rams in 2023, he caught just two passes out of three targets for eight yards and a touchdown. That touchdown came off the hand of backup QB Carson Wentz and against the San Francisco 49ers defense. That is enough to want him back on the roster for 2024.

But an entire season is a bit long for a guy to never see action. If not for the decision to sit starters and play backups in Week 18 against the 49ers, Johnson may never have been targeted at all in 2024. Had that been the case, he may not have been re-signed to the team for another go at a more expanded role in the offense.

The hurdle is that the team did draft Texas WR Jordan Whittington in Round 6 with the 213th overall pick. Whittington is a young man who loves to do the little things, the dirty work for wide receivers like blocking, and running clearing routes. Whittington flourishes in that role.

He understands that the Rams offense needs gritty workhorses in the receiver room, and he embraces the role and the responsibility that comes with playing for this offense. He is a very passionate player who you can already see that he wants to be a contributor from the get go.

He will get the chance to prove himself in this offense. Unfortunately, the opportunity created for Jordan Whittington will likely come at the expense of WR Tyler Johnson.