Grading each positional group for the Los Angeles Rams in 2024

Just how good is the LA Rams roster?
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It's hard to not be extremely encouraged about what the Los Angeles Rams can accomplish in the 2024 NFL Season. Let's grade each of their positional groups. All of a sudden, it's a new and promising era of Rams football. The work that general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay have done in recent seasons to reset the roster is nothing short of incredible.

Now yes, the roster is far from perfect, but my goodness, you'd be hard-pressed to find a glaring weakness on offense or defense. Winning 10 games in 2023, the LA Rams could be in a great spot to explode onto the scene in 2024 and perhaps make a deep playoff run.

Since we're in "finals season" for many colleges and schools, let's assign a letter grade to each of the Rams positional units.

Grading each positional group for the Los Angeles Rams in 2024
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford - B+

At this point, the only knock on Matthew Stafford is age. He's 36 years old and has been banged up for his entire career. Stafford ended the season on a hot-streak and clearly has something left in the tank, but I cannot give the QB room an A at this point. If Stafford was younger, perhaps.

Offensive Line: Alaric Jackson, Jonah Jackson, Steve Avila, Kevin Dotson, Rob Havenstein - B+

The Rams invested a ton of money into their offensive line this offseason, re-signing Kevin Dotson and signing Jonah Jackson. Rob Havenstein has been a wall at right tackle for a while now, and the only spot that is truly a bit uncertain is left tackle. Jackson started 15 games in 2023 and, according to Pro Football Reference, was called for just three penalties in nearly 1,000 offensive snaps.

Jackson has a ton of promise to be the long-term LT, but I believe we need to see a bit before before this OL can earn an A.

Tight End: Tyler Higbee, Colby Parkinson - B-

Tyler Higbee has been consistently average for years, and Colby Parkinson being signed in the offseason at least raises the floor of the tight end room. This position group is not special, but it gets the job done. Fortunately, teams do not need to field top-tier TE rooms to enjoy success in the NFL, so this is not some sort of urgent weakness.

Wide Receiver: Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp, Demarcus Robinson - A-

Hauling in his second-least yards per game number of his career, it's a shame to see that Cooper Kupp is already regressing. He will turn 31 years old next month, so this isn't some sort of shock, but Kupp is a great No. 2 WR at this point, as Puka Nacua is the new king of this room.

Demarcus Robinson caught 26 passes and four touchdowns in 2023, so he's a fine third option for Matthew Stafford. Nacua is doing most of the heavy-lifting for this grade.

Running Back: Kyren Williams, Blake Corum - B+

Kyren Williams and Blake Corum could end up being the best one-two punch at RB in the NFL in 2024. Williams broke out in 2023, rushing for 1,144 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added another 206 receiving yards and three touchdowns. And Williams did all of this in just 12 games, which is absurd. He did lead the league last year in rushing yards per game.

If he had played a full 17-game season in 2023, he'd have rushed for 1,620 yards and had another 292 receiving yards, so he was nearly on a 2,000-yard pace in 2023. Williams should have a monster season in 2024.