Should the LA Rams abandon Stetson Bennett in the meantime?
There is a passionate and vocal base that loves to lobby for the Rams to cut players from the roster. If you are not an All-Pro, or at least a Pro Bowl level, the belief is that by cutting or trading a player, the next addition to the Rams roster will be a surefire upgrade. Unfortunately, that is not how it works in the NFL. And it's that too quick to cancel-culture mindset that works against those who are already lobbying hard for the Rams to cut QB Stetson Bennett.
The truth of the matter is that nobody knows what to expect from him in 2024
So, let's consider some facts that we do know. We know that the LA Rams scouting department, personnel executives, and even the coaching staff were so sold on Stetson Bennett's potential in the LA Rams offense that he was the lone player selected in Round 4 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Some considered that spot too high for the two-time NCAA Championship quarterback, and it may have been. After all, some draft picks do not pan out as well as hoped.
He had a full offseason workout, and then was assigned to the Rams IR/NFI for the 2023 NFL season. But before he was assigned to IR, the coachspeak about him and his progress was glowingly positive. The Rams are not so naive as to heap praise on a rookie who does not deserve it. And there is the matter of the Rams investing a valuable pick in the guy. Until the Rams organization is convinced that Bennett is a true bust, they have no incentive in the least to cut him. The opposite is true, in that the Rams have every incentive in the world to help him get back on track this season.
Bennett is not a certainty for 2024, nor should his presence be viewed as a reason to blockade the Rams interest in adding another talented arm to the roster for training camp. But let's not convince ourselves that Bennett is not mentally tough enough to play the quarterback position, that he is too short, or that he is just not good enough. He is simply a talented rookie prospect who saw no action in 2023.
The Rams saw next to no action from RB Kyren Williams in 2022, his rookie season, and we know how story turned out in 2023.