Although they own the longest playoff drought of any NFC franchise, the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams will be entering the 2016 season rejuvenated and with an intriguing nucleus of young talent that could serve as the foundation for a very promising future.
Of course, it all may begin with the man whom they selected No. 1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft, that being quarterback Jared Goff, with the pick they acquired via trade from the Tennessee Titans. The Rams, who desperately need a franchise arm to build around, moved up to acquire the 21-year-old from California, and it appears he’ll be the one leading the organization throughout the next several years.
He’ll be doing it with some fine talent by his side, specifically running back Todd Gurley, whom the club drafted last year. He was so outstanding, in fact, that he was awarded the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. With 1,106 yards on 229 rushes, as well as 10 touchdowns and nearly 200 receiving yards, Gurley displayed notable potential that he can indeed be a franchise running back.
For the rest of their offensive weapons, though, St. Louis could still use an upgrade, as their two best receivers at the moment are veteran Kenny Britt and still-developing youngster Tavon Austin, who has exhibited some real promise, but just hasn’t quite put it all together just yet. If he’s able to get it going, that would be huge for the Rams’ offense.
Playing in the NFC West, there are some real ferocious defensive units to deal with, and fortunately for the Rams, while they lost some key guys, they’ve possessed a similar group opposing offenses pretty typically under head coach Jeff Fisher. With the likes of Alec Ogletree, Trumaine Johnson, Robert Quinn, Mark Barron and Aaron Donald, LA will have another fine defense on their hands in the upcoming campaign.
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While they haven’t made the postseason since 2004, the Rams have played respectable under Fisher in recent years, winning six or seven ballgames in each of the last four seasons to finish right around the .500 mark. With a fresh new arm at quarterback that could evolve into a franchise leader, the Rams will be finally looking to get over that hump as early as this season.