Los Angeles Rams June Scouting Report
Summer time is here! The Rams recently completed OTA’s and mini-camp and are on vacation until training camp in late July. According to HC Sean McVay, the off-season has been a success but the Rams still have a lot of improvement to make before the regular season opens. The big news since last month’s report is that Los Angeles traded disappointing OT Greg Robinson to the Lions for a meager sixth round pick. Robinson now joins Jason Smith as two huge (physically and figuratively) busts as second overall picks. What is really frustrating is that the Rams could have taken Jake Mathews or Taylor Lewan who are both much better lineman or imagine if Los Angeles selected Khalil Mack, Mick Evans, or Odell Beckham, wow! At least the Rams were fortunate to get DT Aaron Donald with the 13th pick in that draft. GM Les Snead and for coach Jeff Fisher whiffed on Robinson at the number two selection. Let’s take a look at the current Fantasy positions heading into training camp.
QB: QB Jared Goff has had a good off-season and the Rams are confident he will make the necessary improvements in his second year to justify his high draft spot last year. Goff himself has said he is already comfortable in the new offense so hopefully we will see the franchise quarterback the Rams expect him to be. QB Sean Mannion is the only other quarterback on the roster heading into training camp and is solidified as the number two quarterback regardless of whomever the team may bring in as a camp arm.
RB: RB Todd Gurley appears to have a renewed commitment after a disappointing sophomore season. Todd looks more explosive in the few clips that I have seen and he is definitely more upbeat during his interviews. Hopefully McVay’s new offense will restore Todd to superstar and Fantasy Stud status. RB Lance Dunbar, RB Malcom Brown, RB Aaron Green, and rookies RB Justin Davis and RB Lenard Tillery will compete in camp for roster spots and playing time behind Todd.
WR: WR Tavon Austin had wrist surgery and it will be interesting to see how he is used in the new offense. WR Robert Woods has been solid since signing as a free agent and he along with Austin are penciled in as the starters. The Rams currently have eleven receivers heading to training camp so there will be stiff competition for roster spots as well as playing time. Rookie WR Cooper Kupp leads this group and has the most upside. Fellow rookie WR Josh Reynolds is considered the deep threat. Second year players WR Pharoh Cooper, WR Mike Thomas, WR Nelson Spruce, and WR Paul McRoberts will all compete with the rookies.
TE: TE Cory Harkey is the seasoned veteran; however, he might not make the final roster. The Rams drafted TE Gerald Everett in the second round and are counting on TE Tyler Higbee and TE Temarrick Hemingway to improve in their second seasons. This group of tight ends has potential to be very good but they are very young and inexperienced. McVay had good tight end play in Washington so I think either Higbee or Everett will have significant Fantasy value.
K: PK Greg Zuerlein is the only kicker currently on the roster. He had a good season last year and could be a Fantasy sleeper in this new offense.
DEF: The switch to DC Wade Phillips 3-4 defense is a question mark for several players who will have to adjust to new positions; however, Phillips has had great success wherever he has been in charge of the defense and he is confident the players will make smooth transitions. The Ram’s best player, DT Aaron Donald, sat out OTA’s as the Rams negotiate a contract extension with his agent. He did attend the mandatory mini-camp and the contract extension should be completed before training camp. LB Robert Quinn is the player I want to see in action as he has missed a lot of time with injuries and will be playing standing up for the first time in his career. LB Alec Ogletree will still call the defense from the middle but from a 3-4 alignment. I am anxious to watch rookie LB Samson Ebukam, who is raw but very explosive and athletic. If everyone plays to their potential, this defense could be special under Phillips.
The summer is moving along swiftly and training camp is just around the corner. The end of the Greg Robinson "error" (not era) is over and hopefully HC Sean McVay and his staff can get the revamped offensive line to play well enough to allow Gurley and Goff to thrive moving forward. Come back next month as we update training camp happenings and get ready for preseason. Thanks to my Bro for a great time in Vegas. Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops! Aloha!
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