The Los Angeles Rams have completed just over one week of training camp. As always, fans are excited about the rookie class and excited to see how they’ll perform. We won’t know a lot about the rookie class until they hit the field and see live-game action. We’ll know a lot more once the preseason begins, but here’s an early look at the 2021 Rams rookies.
WR TuTu Atwell
TuTu Atwell continues to frustrate Rams fans. After sharing a photo of the playbook on Instagram and leaking, but not leaking the Rams new jerseys on Instagram, the rookie suffered a minor set back. In the early days of training camp, Atwell tested positive for COVID-19 and had to quarantine for 10 days.
According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, “the Rams are carefully onboarding Atwell … because he missed so much time, he’ll be on a snap count for at least another practice or two.”
Atwell showed up to camp at 155-lbs, exemplifying why some were hesitant about the draft pick. The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver is severely undersized and will need to bulk up. Atwell had spent some time in the early days of camp returning punts.
The positive COVID test was a major set back for the rookie. He has some major catching up to do if he’s going to contribute in year one.
LB Ernest Jones
Ernest Jones has showcased exactly why he had the highest leadership grade on the Los Angeles Rams’ big board. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, her sense is that Jones will lobby for more reps as camp continues. Jones has impressed in the first two weeks of camp.
He’s currently getting reps with the twos, but due to the Rams’ practice structure, he’s been playing quite a bit against the starting offense. Jones seems to be working his way into the defense nicely and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him have a role this season. The rookie linebacker will be one to watch during the preseason.
DL Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown suffered a minor setback. The rookie suffered an injury in the first week of camp and required surgery to fix a damaged UCL (thumb). The injury shouldn’t sideline him long, but these are important reps for rookies.
Brown wasn’t expected to start right away, but was seen as a potential rotational piece along the defensive line. That might still be the case, but he’ll miss some time while he recovers from the surgery.
CB Robert Rochell
With the lack of depth at cornerback, the Los Angeles Rams can’t afford injuries at the position. However, that’s exactly what happened. Robert Rochell suffered a wrist injury that required surgery. His timeline for return is unknown. Prior to the injury Rochell had been making the occasional play and showing promise as a rookie. He’ll look to get back on track once healthy.
TE Jacob Harris
…and we make our way to our third rookie who has dealt with injuries. After a promising OTA’s Jacob Harris seemed to pick up where he left off. However he suffered a minor core injury this spring according to The Athletic.
Still, Harris has been able to practice on the side and get in some work, even if it’s not in a full capacity. Harris has begun to work his way back and gotten some reps in both the first and second team offense. The Rams have also made it a point to get Stafford to throw to Harris. It’s still early, but the Rams could have some big plans for the rookie tight end.
DL Earnest Brown IV
There has not been a lot of talk about Earnest Brown in the first week of camp. He’ll be one to keep an eye on once training camp starts. By the looks of it, he’s just trying to soak up as much as possible.
Rams rookie DL Earnest Brown IV is here. One of his training camp goals is to learn as much from Aaron Donald as possible.
“AD’s here, I want to make sure I get as much knowledge from him as possible one of the greatest of all time.” pic.twitter.com/9mLbOhYXzV
— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) July 25, 2021
RB Jake Funk
Whether it’s the name or the fact that he was a late draft pick with good measurables, Jake Funk has quickly become a Los Angeles Rams fan favorite. That will likely continue as Funk gets a lot of work in the preseason. Funk has been rotating with the first team offense behind Henderson. That seems to imply that he could have a role in the regular season as the Rams work to preserve Henderson and keep him fresh.
Running backs looking good during this period too. Like the agility I’ve seen from Jake Funk and Xavier Jones. Funk had a nice TD run where he ran outside and beat the defender to the pylon.
— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) July 31, 2021
Funk has been rotating with the first team offense behind Henderson. That seems to imply that he could have a role in the regular season as the Rams work to preserve Henderson and keep him fresh.
WR Ben Skowronek
Prior to training camp, I added Ben Skowronek as a name to watch. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, “rookie receiver Ben Skowronek, who has impressed so far in camp.” However, he has suffered a minor set back with a hamstring injury.
WR Ben Skowronek having a very good day today. Has made several strong catches.
— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) August 2, 2021
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Skowronek as the star the shows up late in preseason games for the Los Angeles Rams. However, he’ll need to get healthy. Hopefully the hamstring doesn’t set him back too much.
EDGE Chris Garrett
Chris Garrett has been very quiet and there have not been many reports about him. The Rams drafted Garrett with their final pick in the draft as someone who dominated at the Division II level. Garrett could be someone that the Rams cut and then bring back on the practice squad to continue developing.