Rams shock fans by releasing this 2023 team captain and special teams standout

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The LA Rams have a plan for 2024. The thing is that getting there involves a few confusing moves. While the team sought bigger targets for the wide receiver room before the 2024 NFL Draft, the team had the luxury of knowing that they had a returning wide receiver who stood 6-foot-3 and weighed 224 pounds by the name of Benny Skowronek.

Skowronek was one of three wide receivers added to the team in the 2021 NFL Draft. In his case, he was selected with the 251st pick in Round 7 of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. Skowronek was a curious selection, as he had the size, power, and blocking ability of a tight end. Yet at the same time, he had the soft hands, the route tree, the ability to create separation, and the yards after the catch of a wide receiver.

Because he was so proficient at so many traits, but mastered few, he was a bit of an enigma in terms of how the offense found ways to use him.

Ben Skowronek's career-high season occured in 2022, when he caught 39 of 61 passes for 376 yards. In three seasons with the Rams, he caught 58 of 93 passes for 575 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed three times for 26 yards and one touchdown.

Skowronek was a swiss army knife in the Rams offense, lining up at virtually any and every spot for an offensive skill player, including the backfield. Through it all, the team tried to create matchup nightmares for defensive coordinators.

The team even used Ben Skowronek on special teams, a role that he seemed to excel at. But despite his height, weight, and strength advantages, in the end, the Rams believe that this is the time to part ways:

This decision almost certainly paves the way for newly drafted rookie WR Jordan Whittington to claim a spot on the Rams 53-man roster. I have to admit that I did not see this move coming. Did you?

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