As of Monday night, the Los Angeles Rams have yet to release their first unofficial depth chart for the 2021 season. As teams around the NFL do begin to reveal some of their early preseason plans, such as the Las Vegas Raiders and Washington Football Team, Sean McVay is hesitant to tip his hand early, as expected.
So when you do jump over to the Rams website to see whether or not they’ve updated their depth chart yet or not, you’ll find that as of Monday night, they have not.
But what the team has done is remove all of the names who left in 2021 and they have yet to replace them with the players who have been added this year. What you’re left with is an eerie blank spot in many key starting positions and what you see is that even if LA has remarkable continuity on offense and some star mainstays on defense, the Rams are a lot different.
Offensively, you can see that McVay must replace his starting quarterback, starting running back (twice), starting center, and starting number three wideout in 2021. We know that Matthew Stafford, Darrell Henderson, and DeSean Jackson will fill three of those roles, but we’re still waiting to be assured that Austin Corbett is the new starting center.
If he is, then will we learn that Bobby Evans is indeed the starting right guard? If Corbett isn’t at center, then who is?
We also see that Gerald Everett must be replaced as TE2 and that the running back room is going to have an entirely different feel this season. A lot of what McVay has to work with in LA will be the same, but there will no less be some major differences between 2020 and 2021 because of that one change at quarterback.
Defensively, the Rams must address the losses of defensive ends Michael Brockers and Morgan Fox, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam, cornerback Troy Hill, and free safety John Johnson.
New defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has the two players he really wants — Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey — but should also feel comfortable with LA’s options at safety, linebacker, and defensive line. There is enough depth at those positions for me to expect at least adequate starters to step up.
The main issue right now appears to be at cornerback and that is also the one spot on the roster that I’m not sure anyone can predict right now. Perhaps David Long, Jr. will be the name there when the unofficial depth chart is released, because he’s been playing with the 1s a lot, but maybe it could be a surprise like Terrell Burgess, with Taylor Rapp at safety.
With the first preseason game in four days, we’ll find out soon.