What can we conclude from Rams shocking trade of 2023 captain Ben Skowronek?

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The LA Rams are not a team that I would consider having an excess of wide receiver talent on the roster. After the team made it a point to target taller receivers in the offseason, you would have had strong evidence to suggest that the team was eager to add more height to the wide receiver room.

But that never happened. Was it a red herring to throw other NFL teams off their scent throughout the 2024 NFL Draft? We may never know.

But we can examine the clues so far, left randomly be a team that has managed to emerge from the 2024 NFL Draft with at least one new addition to the wide receiver position, plus the addition of several rookie receivers to the roster after the draft. If you recall, this was a loaded rookie class of receivers. And yet, the team did not grab bushel baskets of the ripe receivers from this draft to swell their ranks.

The Rams did retain the core of receivers from 2023 in the form of WRs Cooper Kupp, Puka Nacua, Demarcus Robinson, Tutu Atwell, and Tyler Johnson, and even re-signed practice squad WR Xavier Smith to a Reserve/Future contract. The team drafted Texas WR Jordan Whittington and then signed three collegiate wide receiver free agents after the draft: Ohio WR Sam Siglusz, Oklahoma WR Drake Stoops, and Courtland SUNY WR JJ Laap.

While many of the new players may not be as familiar as some of the top names in the 2024 NFL Draft, they fall in line for great things just as former BYU WR Puka Nacua did one year ago with the 177th overall selection in Round 5 of the 2023 NFL Draft, and he set the NFL All-Time Rookie Receiver records.

Still, the team is not bursting with talent as in years past. So what persuard the team to part ways with the very versatile WR Ben Skowronek? Let's look at some of the reasons that may have resulted in the team accepting a pre-training camp trade: