The LA Rams were left for dead after a 5-12 record in 2022. The Rams had won Super Bowl LVI in convincing fashion, but the following season proved to tax the Rams strategy beyond the breaking point. After five years of uncanny and ever increasing success under head coach Sean McVay, the Rams plummeted last year due to a rash of injuries forced to sign guys off the street to help the team finish out the season.
The Rams adopted a radically different approach to the 2023 NFL season, Rather than restock the Rams roster with returning players, accomplished veterans, and rounding out the team with young players. the Rams shed all veterans with the exception of DT Aaron Donald, TE Tyler Higbee, RT Rob Havenstein, QB Matthew Stafford, and WR Cooper Kupp.
That strategy left the Rams roster at less than half of the 90-man allowance of players as the Rams entered the 2023 NFL Draft. With some carefully orchestrated trades, the Rams were able to address almost all roster needs with 14 selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, plus a solid crop of undrafted rookies.
Rams roster reinforced with high-reward veterans
Further still, the Rams vetted free agents who could make both significant and positive contributions to the Rams roster in 2023. The Rams added free agent DBs Ahkello Witherspoon and John Johnson III to shore up the Rams secondary, signed RB Royce Freeman to give the Rams ground game a punisher. and traded for IOL Kevin Dotson and TE Hunter Long to give the Rams more physicality in the offensive trenches to protect QB Matthew Stafford and open rushing lanes.
While the Rams have not exactly dominated the NFL this season, this young team has shown remarkable resiliency over the season so far. That has been especially true after the Rams had lost three consecutives games before their Week 10 BYE.
The Rams have roared back to near relevance with a two-game winning streak since the BYE, and are in position to return to .500 if they can win their third consecutive game in Week 13 as they host the Cleveland Browns.