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Demarcus Robinson
Demarcus Robinson Re-signs with Rams
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 4:50 PM
Robinson is re-signing with the Rams on a one-year, $5 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Robinson spent much of 2023 buried on the Rams' depth chart but then replaced Tutu Atwell as the No. 3 receiver down the stretch and put together an impressive streak of production. Robinson scored a TD in four straight games in December and had five consecutive outings with at least 44 yards and 12 PPR points. It was his seventh straight season with more than 200 receiving yards but less than 500, with the veteran recording career highs for yards per catch (14.3) and yards per target (9.5). Robinson will turn 30 in September and might still face competition for the No. 3 WR job behind Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp.
Ronnie Rivers
Ronnie Rivers Receives contract tender
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 2:18 PM
The Rams have extended a contract tender to Rivers, Stu Jackson of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: By offering Rivers, an exclusive rights free agent, a contract tender, he can't negotiate with other teams this offseason. The stage is thus set for the 25-year-old to return the the Rams' backfield in 2024. Rivers carried 32 times for 129 yards and caught all five of his targets for 22 yards in nine games this past season while working behind Kyren Williams. Looking ahead, the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder should continue to maintain a rotational role in Los Angeles' RB corps, which will also include 2023 sixth-rounder Zach Evans, among others.
Stetson Bennett
Stetson Bennett Future in L.A. looking uncertain
Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 11:49 AM
Head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that he's uncertain whether Bennett (illness) will remain with the Rams in 2024, saying it's "a conversation for another time," Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Bennett, a 2023 fourth-round pick, spent his entire rookie campaign on the reserve/NFI list due to an undisclosed non-football illness. His absence was felt during the portions of the season in which Matthew Stafford missed time, as the Rams struggled to find answers while cycling through an unimpressive carousel of backup options. McVay said he thinks Bennett is "doing better," but that he "wouldn't be in a position to answer that accurately right now."
Kyren Williams
Kyren Williams Undergoes procedure on hand
Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 11:34 AM
Head coach Sean McVay said that Williams underwent a successful procedure Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his hand, Adam Grosbard of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Williams, who suffered the injury in this past Sunday's 24-23 wild-card round loss to the Lions, will have plenty of time to recover before the Rams take the field again in OTAs this coming spring. Heading into the start of the 2023 season, Williams was expected to work behind Cam Akers in the team's backfield. However, by Week 2, Williams moved into a starting role that resulted in the 2022 fifth-round pick logging 228 carries for 1,144 yard and 12 touchdowns to go along with 32 catches (on 48 targets) for 206 yards and three more scores in 12 regular-season games. Looking ahead to the 2024 season, Williams projects to remain the Rams' lead back, though Los Angeles could look to add more viable competition through the draft and/or free agency. Beyond Williams, 2023 sixth-round pick Zach Evans is the only Rams running back currently under contract for the upcoming season, as Ronnie Rivers and Royce Freeman are slated for exclusive-rights free agency and unrestricted free agency, respectively.
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee Recovering from torn ACL and MCL
Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 11:23 AM
Head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Higbee will require surgery to address a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, Adam Grosbard of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: McVay mentioned that Higbee could be a candidate to start on the PUP list this summer, as the Rams haven't settled on a firm timeline for when the tight end might be ready to resume on-field work. Given the mid-January timing and severity of Higbee's injury, he could have difficultly gaining clearance for the start of training camp in late July, if not the start of the 2024 regular season entirely. Normally, recovery from a torn ACL entails a 6-to-9-month recovery timeline, but Higbee faces the additional hurdle of rehabbing from a MCL tear. Davis Allen, a 2023 fifth-round pick, could be in position to see additional offseason opportunities as long as Higbee remains absent while recovering from surgery.
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee Torn ACL confirmed
Wed, Jan 17, 2024, 8:34 AM
Higbee was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee following an MRI on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higbee suffered the devastating knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 24-23 wild-card playoff loss to the Lions on Sunday, when he was on the receiving end of a low hit from Detroit safety Kerby Joseph. The 31-year-old tight end -- who finished the regular season with 47 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns on 70 targets over 15 games -- will now embark on an arduous rehab process that could extend into the start of the 2024 campaign. At the very least, Higbee won't be ready to participate in OTAs in the spring and could be hard pressed to get cleared for the start of training camp in late July, given the 6-to-9-month recovery timeline typically associated with ACL surgeries.
Austin Trammell
Austin Trammell Serves as primary return man
Tue, Jan 16, 2024, 2:42 PM
Trammell caught four passes for 29 yards, returned six kicks for 101 yards and 25 punts for 183 yards during the 2023 regular season. He also fumbled three times.
Analysis: The return numbers for the third year wideout and special teams contributor were meager compared to his contemporaries in the league (for reference, Keisean Nixon led the NFL with 782 kick return yards), and three fumbles also stands out as a worrisome stat. The Rams' special teams unit as a whole struggled mightily in 2023 between kicking woes and a lack of production in the return game, and while Trammell is an exclusive rights free agent, the Rams may not be keen on extending him a contract and could let him walk in free agency.
Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson Earns just two touches in 2023
Tue, Jan 16, 2024, 2:42 PM
Johnson caught two passes for eight yards and a touchdown during the 2023 regular season.
Analysis: There was little opportunity for the fourth year wideout to produce, as the receiving corps as a whole for the Rams stayed relatively healthy apart from Cooper Kupp missing four games at the start of the year. Johnson was only activated from the practice squad once all season, earning his third touchdown in four seasons in the NFL with both the Rams and 49ers resting starters for the playoffs. Johnson is a restricted free agent in 2024, but with how little he was utilized by the Rams, he likely will have to find an opportunity elsewhere next season.
Brycen Hopkins
Brycen Hopkins Regresses in final year of contract
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 8:37 PM
Hopkins finished the 2023 regular season with five receptions for 78 yards.
Analysis: The majority of Hopkins' limited production came when thrust into a more prominent role in Week 18 with Tyler Higbee sitting out with a shoulder injury. Hopkins secured two catches for 47 yards in the contest, but spent the majority of the year taking just a handful of snaps per game on offense, including zero in the Rams' playoff loss to the Lions. Hopkins is an unrestricted free agent in 2024, and while Higbee is feared to have suffered a torn ACL in the aforementioned playoff game, rookie Davis Allen and Hunter Long (knee) both remain under contract for next season, and Allen in particular flashed plenty of promise in Higbee and Long's absences. Even if Higbee isn't ready for the start of the 2024 campaign if the rehab from his injury goes slowly, it is likely questionable if the Rams will bring back Hopkins as the fourth tight end on the roster given his light production in 2023.
Zach Evans
Zach Evans Ineffective in limited action
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 8:22 PM
Evans finished the 2023 regular season with nine rush attempts for 19 yards.
Analysis: Despite the abundance of running backs that went through the Rams' roster over the course of the season -- Cam Akers, Kyren Williams, Ronnie Rivers, Royce Freeman, Darrell Henderson, Myles Gaskin, and Evans all ended up with playing time in 2023 for the Rams -- Evans managed to hold his roster spot despite performing inadequately when called upon. Coach Sean McVay clearly sees potential in the rookie by keeping him on the active roster despite his lackluster performance, but with Williams returning as a three-down workhorse and Rivers likely to return despite being an exclusive rights free agent, Evans will be the third option at running back next season if the Rams don't make any additions to the roster, and the fourth if they bring back Freeman for a second campaign.
Royce Freeman
Royce Freeman Logs most rush attempts since 2019
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 8:03 PM
Freeman finished the 2023 regular season with 77 rushes for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and added one catch for 13 yards.
Analysis: Signed a day after Sony Michel retired, Freeman spent much of the year relegated as the second or third option in the backfield behind Kyren Williams, Ronnie Rivers and Darrell Henderson. When Freeman did take the field as a co-starter alongside Henderson when Williams and Rivers went down with injury in Weeks 7 through 11, the veteran back made the most of his opportunity, posting a 50-215-1 line in the four-game stretch. The Rams have Williams and rookie Zach Evans on the roster for 2024 and will likely bring Rivers, an exclusive rights free agent, back as well. Whether Freeman will return for a second season with the Rams likely hinges on how much the team trusts the aforementioned trio to stay healthy for a full season.
Carson Wentz
Carson Wentz Future uncertain after lone start
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 7:41 PM
Wentz finished the 2023 regular season completing 17 of 24 pass attempts for 163 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and added 17 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: After Matthew Stafford went down with a thumb injury and missed part of Week 8 and all of Week 9, Brett Rypien came in and performed poorly (18-for-38 for 172 yards and an interception), prompting the Rams to take a chance on Wentz. For his part, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 Draft proved up to the task against the 49ers in Week 18, taking the reigns and helping Puka Nacua set the all-time rookie reception and receiving yard marks while turning in nearly as many rushing attempts in one game as he had in eight games with the Commanders in 2022. Wentz still wants to be a starting quarterback heading into his age-31 campaign, and the unrestricted free agent might get one more chance to prove he can helm an offense with the cavalcade of ineffective and injured quarterbacks that littered the NFL landscape in 2023. If that doesn't work out, a return to the Rams to be a quality backup behind Stafford seems like a distinct possibility.
Ben Skowronek
Ben Skowronek Diminished role in 2023
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 2:06 PM
Skowronek recorded eight catches for 66 yards and a touchdown and rushed twice for nine yards during the 2023 regular season.
Analysis: Skowronek's third year on the Rams was mostly spent as a special teams expert, as Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp and Demarcus Robinson emerged as the leading targets for Matthew Stafford at wideout, with Tutu Atwell and Van Jefferson (before being traded to Atlanta) making up the second tier. Skowronek has one year left on his rookie contract, and will likely continue his role as a gadget player capable of lining up in a variety of roles -- including fullback -- on offense and a trusted special teams performer, albeit two roles that are unlikely to translate to much from a fantasy perspective.
Davis Allen
Davis Allen Flashes in late-season appearances
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 1:53 PM
Allen finished the 2023 campaign with 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: At the start of his rookie year, Allen was buried on the depth chart behind starter Tyler Higbee (knee), recently acquired Hunter Long (knee) and returning backup Brycen Hopkins. Injuries to Higbee and Long thrust Allen into a starting role in Week 14, and he responded with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. The fifth-round pick out of Clemson saw a slight uptick in playing time the rest of the way and ended his season with a two-catch performance for 28 yards in the Rams' loss to the Lions in the opening round of the playoffs. Hopkins is an unrestricted free agent, and Higbee is feared to have torn his ACL in the postseason loss, which would leave Allen and Long -- who is coming off MCL surgery of his own -- as potentially the only two healthy tight ends for the Rams for the start of 2024 if Higbee isn't ready to return by the season opener.
Tutu Atwell
Tutu Atwell Falls out of starting role
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 1:36 PM
Atwell finished the 2023 regular season with 39 receptions for 483 yards and three touchdowns and five rushes for 31 yards.
Analysis: This season was supposed to be the next step up for the big-play threat, and in his first four games he looked like he was on that path as he put up an impressive 22-270-1 receiving line. Things went downhill from there, however, as Atwell put together just 11 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns over his next seven games before losing his starting role to Demarcus Robinson. In the Rams' playoff loss to the Lions, Atwell burned past Kindle Vildor for a 38-yard touchdown but didn't get another touch the rest of the way, similar to the final six games of the regular season with just 40 snaps on offense before being used as a starter in the season finale with Puka Nacua, Cooper Kupp and Robinson all getting rest. Atwell has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but with Nacua and Kupp now entrenched as the top two targets for Matthew Stafford, it'll be difficult for the Louisville product to carve out a role beyond the third or fourth option at wide receiver.
Demarcus Robinson
Demarcus Robinson Carves out a role on offense
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 1:11 PM
Robinson caught 26 of 39 targets for 371 yards and four touchdowns during the 2023 regular season.
Analysis: The veteran wideout took the field for just 32 snaps over the Rams first 10 games and looked to be nothing more than a depth piece for the Rams, but once pressed into a starting role Week 11, Robinson became a quality starter alongside Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp and posted a respectable 23-342-4 line over the Rams final seven games, while making three catches (on six targets) for 44 yards in the Rams' playoff loss to the Lions. While Robinson will be an unrestricted free agent heading into 2024, it wouldn't be shocking to see a reunion with the Rams going into his age-30 season thanks to his effectiveness and reliability as a starter in the latter half of the 2023 campaign.
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee Torn ACL feared, MRI coming
Mon, Jan 15, 2024, 8:13 AM
Higbee (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm what is feared to be a torn ACL sustained during Sunday's 24-23 wild-card loss to the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Higbee suffered a nasty right leg injury late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss due to a low tackle from Detroit safety Kerby Joseph on the Rams' final drive of the night. If an MRI confirms a severe injury for the veteran tight end, Higbee's recovery timetable could significantly impact his availability for the start of the 2024 campaign, for which he remains under contract with Los Angeles. Across 15 regular-season appearances this season, Higbee remained a steady contributor despite occasionally lackluster QB play, compiling 47 catches for 495 yards and two scores on 70 targets.
Ronnie Rivers
Ronnie Rivers Six touches in playoff loss
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 11:07 PM
Rivers rushed three times for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 24-23 wild-card round loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Rivers got most of his playing time down the stretch after Kyren Williams suffered a hand injury. Rivers will be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, so he's likely to be brought back by the Rams in 2024, but Williams is expected to remain the lead back when healthy on the heels of a breakout season.
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee Hurt late in playoff loss
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 10:54 PM
Higbee failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 24-23 wild-card round loss to the Lions. He didn't return after getting injured in the fourth quarter, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Higbee stayed down after a Detroit defender dove at his legs. The team didn't have an immediate update on the tight end's injury, which occurred on the Rams' final drive, so it's unclear if Higbee would have returned had LA gotten another possession. The veteran tight end was also nursing a shoulder injury heading into Sunday's season-ending loss, but he'll now have plenty of time to recover before the 2024 season, for which Higbee remains under contract with the Rams.
Cooper Kupp
Cooper Kupp Quiet in playoff loss
Sun, Jan 14, 2024, 10:44 PM
Kupp caught five of nine targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 24-23 wild-card round loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Kupp made a key six-yard catch to convert a fourth-and-5 in the second quarter, which was immediately followed by a 38-yard Tutu Atwell touchdown catch on the next play. Outside of that contribution, Kupp was surprisingly quiet in the playoff exit while Puka Nacua racked up 181 yards and a touchdown. Kupp will be 31 years old next season and looks like he's ready to cede the No. 1 receiver role to Nacua in 2024, but the NFL's leading receiver in 2021 should still have plenty of fantasy utility considering Kupp posted four 100-yard performances in 12 regular-season games en route to 59 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns.


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