The LA Rams were more than willing to shed some highly respected NFL veterans in the offseason and placed their chips on the hopes of drafting and developing young stars who could take their places on the Rams roster. And so far, the Rams have gotten mixed results.
It's not as though the Rams have not had some outstanding performances in games. There have been a number of occasions where the Rams have been pleasantly surprised with better-than-expected performances from players on the Rams roster who have given plenty of positive plays, while many NFL fans and analysts simply do not recognize their names.
All the while, the Rams struggle to find continuity. After all, it's not that the Rams have not had great performances. It's that the Rams young players simply have not sustained those great performances consistently.
Can Week 5 heroics carry over to Week 6?
While the LA Rams loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 was no surprise, the Rams were competitive enough in that game to have pulled off an upset. The Rams had a disappointing lapse in the ability to make tackles, and a willingness to abandon a rather effective ground attack, which may have altered the outcome of the game to the Rams favor.
Some Rams stars are shining brightly, but not consistently. It's time for the Rams to work hard to recognize the play, the strategy, and the counter to what players see evolving around them. I have seen that type of growth in Rams rookie left guard Steve Avila, who has not only handled business against his own assignment, but he has pivoted to help out his teammates to either side as well.
The Rams could use more development from young players along the same line.
Other players who are new to the Rams but who have some NFL experience have found the Rams organization to be a huge fountain of youth. Veterans like IOL Kevin Dotson and DB Ahekello Witherspoon have been very impressives so far this season. Ahkello Witherspoon is a dominating defensive back who is an utter steal for the Rams this season:
Now, we need to see him perform at this elite level over the course of the entire 2023 season.
In the end, it's time for the LA Rams to show more consistency. The Rams have truly been a roller coaster ride, winning one game, and then losing a game or two. After five games, some of the younger players should start to make progress and string together multiple games with solid performance grades.
The Arizona Cardinals are a team that the LA Rams should be able to defeat. Now, the young Rams roster has to go out and get it done.