The Rams are riding high after winning the Super Bowl, a year removed from trading for a quarterback. However, with expiring contracts, offseason trades and more, the Rams, like all other teams in the NFL, made some changes to their championship roster.
Improvements: Wide Receiver
The Los Angeles Rams had a strong wide receiving group in 2021, led by NFL Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp.
After Kupp turned in a campaign that saw him capture the receiving triple crown, leading the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, the Rams gave the receiver a three-year contract extension.
Los Angeles also found a solid No. 1 option in free agency to go alongside Kupp, signing Allen Robinson to a three-year deal. Though Robinson had a down year last season with the Bears, finishing with 410 receiving yards and one touchdown, he’ll look to get back to his previous form with a more established quarterback and a top receiving threat playing opposite him.
With the addition of Robinson, the Rams traded Robert Woods, who was sidelined for half of the 2021 season due to a torn ACL, to Tennessee. While Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to re-sign with the Rams, he remains a free agent, with a return to Los Angeles not out of the question.
Receivers Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell will also look to take steps forward, and with a tandem of Kupp and Robinson, the wide receiver corps appears to be a slight improvement from the 2021 season.
Stayed the Same: Quarterback
The Rams traded for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the 2021 offseason. The following season, the trade paid off, as Stafford led the Rams to a Super Bowl title.
Los Angeles ensured the success continued, signing Stafford to a four-year contract extension. Stafford’s one season with the Rams was one of his most productive, as he completed 67.2% of his passes for 4,886 yards and a career-high-tying 41 touchdowns.
With Stafford returning for a few more years, the Rams should see the same production in its high-powered offense.
Got Worse: N/A
While some could argue the Rams’ offensive line got worse with the retirement of left tackle Andrew Whitworth and the departure of guard Austin Corbett in free agency, backups remain on the team who will look to take over the starting role.
Los Angeles re-signed left tackle Joseph Noteboom to a three-year deal, instilling their trust in him that he can take over for Whitworth. Center Brian Allen also elected to stay with the Rams, re-signing for another three years, while Coleman Shelton, who also re-signed on a two-year, will likely take Corbett’s spot at guard.
The news of linebacker Von Miller joining the Bills is also a blow, however the Rams filled that role with the addition of linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Overall, Los Angeles had a pretty good offseason. Although the Rams saw the departure of some key figures in their Super Bowl-winning team, the front office made moves to replace those players. The Rams look slated to win the NFC West once again.
- Week 1: 9/8 vs Bills (Thursday), 8:20 PM, NBC
- Week 2: 9/18 vs Falcons, 4:05 PM, Fox
- Week 3: 9/25 at Cardinals, 4:25 PM, Fox
- Week 4: 10/3 at 49ers (Monday), 8:15 PM, ESPN
- Week 5: 10/9 vs Cowboys, 4:25 PM, Fox
- Week 6: 10/16 at Panthers, 4:05 PM, Fox
- Week 7: BYE
- Week 8: 10/30 vs 49ers, 4:25 PM, Fox
- Week 9: 11/6 at Buccaneers, 4:25 PM, CBS
- Week 10: 11/13 vs Cardinals, 4:25 PM, Fox
- Week 11: 11/20 at Saints, 1 PM, Fox
- Week 12: 11/27 at Chiefs, 4:25 PM, Fox
- Week 13: 12/4 vs Seahawks, 4:05 PM, Fox
- Week 14: 12/8 vs Raiders (Thursday), 8:15 PM, Amazon Prime Video
- Week 15: 12/19 at Packers (Monday), 8:15 PM, ESPN/ABC
- Week 16: 12/25 vs Broncos, 4:30 PM, CBS/Nickelodeon
- Week 17: 1/1 at Chargers, 8:20 PM, NBC
- Week 18: 1/7 or 1/8 at Seahawks, TBD, TBD