LA Rams need to give rookies more opportunities

Despite a plan of resetting the roster, many rookies on the LA Rams roster are still awaiting their chance to contribute

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Cobie Durant, Ethan Evans, Christopher Dunn
Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Cobie Durant, Ethan Evans, Christopher Dunn / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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When it comes to the LA Rams, words do not always align with actions. Even as the Rams front office professes to be resetting the roster, their actions in terms of talent acquisition and in terms of game day tell a completely different tale. Right now, the misalignment between words and deeds are difficult to reconcile.

To be fair, I'm not even certain who to point the finger at, so I won't. But I can speak to the confusion caused by the dysfunction. For starters, the LA Rams conceded the 2023 NFL season to fall however the dice were cat. Due to multiple factors, the Rams agreed to part ways with a number of key veteran contributors, draft 14 players to join the roster, and simply compete as well as possible for the 2023 NFL season.

Or have they?

Rams need to rotations to younger players now

While it made sense to bolster some thin positions on the roster to ensure sufficient quality and depth to begin the season, the Rams haven't exactly followed through with their reset with some key players. Rookies who showed tremendous promise in their college careers, and who were drafted far later by the Rams than their draft profile projected, are still awaiting their chance to contribute.

I understand that, in the context of a competitive setting, the onus is always to play those players who give the team the greatest chance of success. But that is a bit of a Catch-22 as well. It's no secret that Rams rookie WR Puka Nacua is the talk of the NFL this season because he was allowed to fill in for injured veteran teammate WR Cooper Kupp. Without that injury and the subsequent opportunities to play that followed, Nacua could easily be lost in anonymity as so many other rookies have and are being lost in the shuffle.