Rams rookies will astound fans with competitiveness in mini-camp

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Stetson Bennett, Matthew Stafford, Dresser Winn
Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Stetson Bennett, Matthew Stafford, Dresser Winn / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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Offense (10)

Even as the offense remained fairly intact from 2023, the team did lose several players in the transition from 2023 to 2024 due to expired contracts and one player outright released. Overall, the need for the team in the offseason was primarily to enhance depth and improve durability. After all, three key offensive skill players lost playing time due to injury in 2023:

  • QB Matthew Stafford - 1 game
  • WR Cooper Kupp - 4 games
  • RB Kyren Williams - 4 games

Due to the impact of injuries in 2023, the team focused on upgrading backups for 2024. That led to the team investing in backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency. But more areas needed attention. So let's look at the other areas addressed by rookies this offseason:

Offensive linemen (4)

  • IOL Beaux Limmer (217th overall)
  • OL KT Leveston (254th overall)
  • IOL Justin Dedich (UDFA)
  • OL Blake Larson (UDFA)

While the team added free agent left guard Jonah Jackson in free agency, the team lost backeup center Brian Allen (released), starting center Coleman Shelton (free agency), and backup interior offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr. (free agency). As a result, the Rams roster entered the draft with a deficit of two interior offensive linemen.

How important are these players? With exodus of three veterans, the team needs a transfusion of talent. But importing four offensive linemen is particularly critical as they allow OL Coach Ryan Wendall to improve the alignment of offensive line talent to his vision and philosophy. These are not just offensive linemen, but rather are physical power-houses who are incredibly strong and dominating on the line of scrimmage in their own right.