2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: LOS ANGELES RAMS
LOS ANGELES RAMS (NFC West)
2016 record: 4-12 (2-4 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: WR Robert Woods, HC Sean McVay, DE Connor Barwin, RB Lance Dunbar, CB Kayvon Webster
KEY DEPARTURES: WR Brian Quick, OT Greg Robinson, WR Stedman Bailey, RB Tre Mason, SS T.J. McDonald, QB Case Keenum, WR Kenny Britt
2016 SEASON RECAP
A 4-12 season for the LA Rams saw #1 overall pick Jared Goff struggle when he finally got on the field. It also saw head coach Jeff Fisher relieved of his coaching duties. WR Kenny Britt had a solid year in his final season with the Rams. He hauled in 68 rec 1,002 yards and 5 TDs. RB Todd Gurley wasn’t able to follow up his rookie season with a good 2nd year. Gurley ran for 221 less yards and 4 less TDs on 49 more carries in 2016.
There wasn’t much to be proud of for Los Angeles in 2016 but that defense was top notch as we’re all accustomed to it being. Aaron Donald was one of the leagues top defenders again in 2016, he is the anchor of the team let alone the defense. They ended 2016 at 4-12, there’s no other way to go but up in the 2017 season.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The New Head coach is 31-year old Sean McVay. He comes in as a offensive coach that already has a top defense. With additions like WR Robert Woods and third down RB Lance Dunbar, the team should see an upswing in offensive production in year 1 of the McVay Era. All around weapon Tavon Austin could see alot more touches in McVay’s offense also. And anytime the ball’s in Austins hands, there’s a chance for something big to happen.
The addition of Connor Barwin could also help an already stellar pass rush. The Rams have a long way to go but we believe 2017 will be a step i the right direction.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, WR Robert Woods, DT Aaron Donald, WR Tavon Austin
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
7 – 9