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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Los Angeles Rams

State Of The League: Los Angeles Rams

A first look at the 2021 LA Rams!
Publish Date: 08/17/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Devlin Hodges (19) during the Los Angeles Chargers versus the Los Angeles Rams preseason NFL game on August 14, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! We started the State Of The NFC West in Arizona, but we now head to Cali to check out the Los Angeles Rams!

Los Angeles Rams Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Matthew Stafford John Wolford
RB Darrell Henderson Xavier Jones
WR1 Cooper Kupp Van Jefferson
WR2 Robert Woods Tutu Atwell
WR3 DeSean Jackson Trishton Jackson
TE1 Tyler Higbee Brycen Hopkins
TE2 Johnny Mundt Jacob Harris
LT Andrew Whitworth Joseph Noteboom
LG David Edwards Tremayne Anchrum
C Brian Allen Coleman Shelton
RG Austin Corbett Bobby Evans
RT Rob Havenstein Chandler Brewer
DL A’Shawn Robinson Bobby Brown
NT Sebastian Joseph-Day Greg Gaines
DL Aaron Donald Earnest Brown IV
EDGE Justin Hollins Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
ILB Kenny Young Micah Kiser
ILB Troy Reeder Ernest Jones
EDGE Leonard Floyd Chris Garrett
CB1 Jalen Ramsey Robert Rochell
CB2 Darious Williams Donte Deayon
CB3 David Long Kareem Orr
FS Taylor Rapp Terrell Burgess
SS Jordan Fuller Nick Scott
K Matt Gay
P Johnny Hekker
LS Matt Orzech
KR Raymond Calais
PR Tutu Atwell Cooper Kupp

*BOLD player name = Rookie*

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Los Angeles Rams 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 2 (57th overall): WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville

Round 3 (103rd): LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina

Round 4 (117th): DL Bobby Brown III, Texas A&M

Round 4 (130th): CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas

Round 4 (141st): WR/TE Jacob Harris, UCF

Round 5 (174th): EDGE Earnest Brown IV, Northwestern

Round 7 (233rd): RB Jake Funk, Maryland

Round 7 (249th): WR Ben Skowronek, Notre Dame

Round 7 (252nd): EDGE Chris Garrett, Concordia-St. Paul

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Los Angeles Rams Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Arrivals
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
Matthew Stafford QB 33 DET LAR Trade
DeSean Jackson WR 35 PHI LAR Free Agency
Kareem Orr CB 24 TEN LAR Free Agency
Corey Bojorquez P 25 BUF LAR Free Agency
Kyle Markway TE 24 CLE LAR Free Agency
Departures
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
Jared Goff QB 27 LAR DET Trade
Michael Brockers DT 30 LAR DET Trade
John Johnson SS 26 LAR CLE Free Agency
Troy Hill CB 30 LAR CLE Free Agency
Gerald Everett TE 27 LAR SEA Free Agency
Josh Reynolds WR 26 LAR TEN Free Agency
Morgan Fox DE 27 LAR CAR Free Agency
Samson Ebukam OLB 26 LAR SF Free Agency
Austin Blythe G 29 LAR KC Free Agency
Malcolm Brown RB 28 LAR MIA Free Agency
Derek Rivers OLB 27 LAR HOU Free Agency
Jake McQuaide LS 34 LAR DAL Free Agency
Blake Bortles QB 29 LAR GB Free Agency
Natrez Patrick LB 24 LAR DEN Waivers
Re-Signed
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Leonard Floyd OLB 29 LAR LAR
Darious Williams CB 28 LAR LAR
Johnny Mundt TE 27 LAR LAR
Coleman Shelton C 26 LAR LAR
Travin Howard OLB 25 LAR LAR

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Los Angeles Rams Offseason Notes/Review

  • The Los Angeles Rams will have a new defensive coordinator this season. Brandon Staley will still be in Los Angeles, but he left the Rams to be the head coach of the Chargers. He was replaced by former Atlanta defensive coordinator/interim head coach Raheem Morris. Morris took over as head coach of the Falcons last season after Dan Quinn got fired due to an 0-5 start. Atlanta went 4-7 with Morris at the helm. The Rams are learning a new defensive scheme, but with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, this should be one of the top defenses in the NFL again this season. How much will the defense miss key contributors like John Johnson and Michael Brockers?
  • The first big quarterback domino to fall – and one of the biggest moves of the entire offseason – was the Rams trading for Matthew Stafford. The team traded quarterback Jared Goff, two 1st round NFL Draft picks, and a 3rd round draft pick to the Lions for Stafford. Stafford is seen as a big upgrade at the position, and has been one of the better/underrated quarterbacks in the NFL over the course of his career in Detroit, but has yet to win a playoff game. The Rams are expecting that to change this season as they hope Stafford is the final piece that pushes this team to the top of a tough NFC.
  • The Rams didnโ€™t add any high end free agents this offseason after the Stafford trade, but did bring in DeSean Jackson in free agency. Jackson is 35 years old, but can still take the top off of a defense. He will compete with Van Jefferson for targets as the WR3 in what should be a high flying passing attack. Even if Jackson deals with injuries and falls in the pecking order, he still offers a downfield threat that can stretch a defense vertically.ย 
  • Runningback depth will be something to keep an eye on after Cam Akersโ€™ season ending torn Achilles this offseason. Darrell Henderson will get the bulk of the work out of the backfield, but depth behind him is questionable at best at this time. Second year back Xavier Jones and rookie 7th round NFL Draft pick Jake Funk are the top options battling for the backup running back spot. The team may still bring in a veteran back at some point as insurance in case Henderson were to miss time.
  • Donโ€™t expect much right away from this yearโ€™s NFL Draft haul. The team had no first-round pick this year, and there doesnโ€™t appear to be an immediate starter in this group. Ernest Jones is competing to be part of the rotation at inside linebacker early on in the season, Robert Rochell has tons of talent and should push David Long for playing time, and Tutu Atwell could be a factor as a return man, but overall this Draft class is slated for backup duty, special teams, and rotational roles as rookies.

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