It's already now or never for these five seldom seen vets on the Rams roster

It's 'Get your rear in gear!' time for these five seldom seen veteran on the LA Rams roster, or they may not keep a spot on the team.
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II: RB Zach Evans

It just feels awkward citing second year running back Zach Evans as the big back on the Rams roster for the 2024 NFL season, but that is the reality. Complicating matters worse, the fate of big backs on the team has not been trending in a positive direction. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 211-pounds, Evans does not exactly fit the typical power running back size or power.

In 2023, Zach Evans was a rookie running back who was planned to play behind veteran RBs Cam Akers and Royce Freeman. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Akers fell into a dispute over his role in the offense for the second consecutive season, prompting the team to dump him off to the Minnesota Vikings in a conditional trade that resulted in the team getting nothing in return. 6-foot-0 238-pound Royce Freeman played out his one-year contract, and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason.

As of right now, Evans is the biggest running back on the Rams roster, which is not good because the team has demonstrated a strong preference for smaller runners. What do I mean? The team signed 5-foot-6 204-pound veteran running back Boston Scott, as well as drafted 5-foot-8, 210-pound rookie running back Blake Corum this season. They join Evans, 5-foot-9, 202-pound featured running back Kyren Williams, and 5-foot-9 192-pound backup running back Ronnie Rivers.

Notice the trend?

Zach Evans window closing rapidly?

Much like Tomlinson, a great training camp can solidify Evans's spot in future offensive plans of the team. And there are already indications that Evans has returned for his second season with the team in better shape, with far greater grasp of his role, and pounding out yards more productively and efficiently.

The problem is that this roster is unlikely to carry more than three runners on the 53-man roster. Kyren Williams is the feature back. Blake Corum is clearly in line for a significant rotational role. And veteran Boston Scott will toggle his time between a cameo role in this offense and a main role as the primary return specialist.

Only a sensational training camp for Zach Evans has a chance of forcing the team to make room for an additional runner on the roster for 2024. That is a pretty tall order for a young man who carried the football nine times for 19 yards in all of 2023. Well, it's certainly a possibility. But the Rams running back room has never seemed this talented before.