7 seldom-heard from Rams that could make a huge difference this year

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VI - DB Cameron McCutcheon

If you did not recognize the name of Cameron McCutcheon as a player on the LA Rams roster, don't be ashamed. Not many realize that the former Western Carolina defensive back is still on the team. But I don't expect him so have anonymity in 2024. McCutcheon arrived a bit raw, but his 6-foot-1 204-pound profile absolutely looks the part of a physical NFL cornerback.

McCutcheon was signed after the 2023 NFL Draft and had to face a stacked deck at DBs even to earn a spot on the practice squad. Yet here we are, one year later, and he is still on the Rams roster. While it's logical to believe that the team will grab one or two defensive backs in this year's draft, McCutcheon has the advantage of having a full season with the team under his belt. He flashed in college. He must be more consistent in the NFL. I think he takes a huge step forward in 2024.

V - DB Jason Taylor II

I know that I am pretty high on Jason Taylor, perhaps more than warranted, but he showed solid growth throughout his rookie season, despite falling to an untimely injury throughout the first half of 2023. Primarily a special teamer, Taylor did see some action on defense, and even showed up to make a tackle in limited action in the 2024 NFL Playoffs.

Taylor is a safety who stands 6-foot-0 and weighs 204 pounds. While he did not showcase his talents last year, his forte is picking off passes. That mindset that believes that any football spiraling in the air is up for grabs will serve him very well in 2024. Even now, the secondary is likely to start Darious Williams and Tre'vious White at the corners, Kamren Curl and Quentin Lake at safety, and Cobie Durant as the slot corner. But Taylor will fit nicely into a rotation that allows the team to keep the defensive backs rested. If Taylor performs as I believe he can, he will push his teammates hard for more playing time.