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|The Rams relied heavily on 12-personnel in 2020, but with Gerald Everett now out of the equation, Los Angeles will almost certainly look to lean even more heavily on their three-WR sets in 2021. The two players who are most likely to benefit from that are veteran WR DeSean Jackson and second-year WR Van Jefferson.
Jefferson didn't fire as a rookie as he sat behind standouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and was unable to supplant Josh Reynolds as the team's third wide receiver in three-WR sets. This is somewhat of a red flag as Reynolds himself was quite unimpressive in 2020 despite being given plenty of playing time. We've seen head coach Sean McVay give plenty of praise for Jefferson in training camp, including comments about how much work he's put in to improve throughout the offseason.
Still, there's plenty of reason to be worried that Jefferson just isn't "the guy," given that the Rams did bring in DeSean Jackson and they also drafted Tutu Atwell in the second round this year. It's not time to give up on Jefferson yet, but he's going to need to show improvements right away or he's probably going to lose his starting job in three-WR sets fairly quickly - potentially even before the season starts. Nevertheless, the upside is here for Jefferson and that should be enough to make him a worthwhile pick near the end of your seasonal drafts.
| Robert Woods tears ACL in practice Friday|
Out for the year
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 13, 12:45 pm
|On the same day that the team signed WR Odell Beckham Jr., Rams’ WR Robert Woods tore his ACL at practice Friday, sources tell
@diannaESPN and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wow. With Woods out the Rams will quickly shift OBJ into the starting lineup. Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson should be featured Monday night against the 49ers. OBJ moves up to a WR2 for the remainder of the season.
|Odell Beckham Jr. heading to the LA Rams|
Finalizing deal today
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 11, 3:44 pm
|Former Browns’ WR Odell Beckham Jr is finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams were not one of the teams speculated on by the public but here we are. If Odell was concerned about lack of targets, this wasn't the team to join. As DeSean Jackson found out, running as the fourth receiver on this team isn't going to result in a lot of reception volume. At best, Beckham will replace Van Jefferson in three wide receiver sets.