As I've previously posted, watch what they do and don't do in free agency and the draft and you will see what their plan for his season is. As Snead said this year they want to see what they actually have in guys on their roster.
They are bringing back Shelton on a prove-it type deal. So they intend to go with Allen as their starting center. Allen has taken heat for his injuries, okay I get that. But to think he isn't a good center is nonsense. Would the Rams give him one last year to prove he can play injury free if he was subpar? I think not. So with the starting center and backup center off the table then a developmental OG/C might be on their draft board in the 6th or 7th round. It also would seem to confirm what I think they will do with the OL which is stay with their roster guys this year, i.e. Bruss, and probably Thomas. With Shelton likely to start at LG that puts Thomas battling with Bruss with the loser going to swing OG.
Their tendering Shaun Jolly tends to indicate what I've been saying about Morris going to a Tampa Two base scheme. Jolly is an undersized CB with marginal speed, who plays strictly zone. Confirmation will come in the form of who else they sign via free agency or the draft. But basically more of the same from "good enough" Morris and his soft zone base scheme.
Releasing of Floyd could mean they like the development of Hardy or they will go with Hoecht at one of the edges. I still think they will draft an edge at 36 and perhaps a second edge in the third or fifth round. Or I think they should draft an edge at 36 and sign Jordan Willis formerly of the 49ers. He is a fit to replace Floyd at JACK. And he wouldn't cost much. Willis was a third round pick of the Bengals in 2017 and I liked him then. IMO he's been buried on the rosters. Given a chance I can see him as an 8 sack type of edge.
Like with Shelton, Gaines not being there leaves a hole on the IOL. Murchison takes Copeland's snaps. Gaines is their second best IDL behind only Donald. He filled in well for Donald when AD was out.
Not tendering Wolford or Perkins means they will probably draft QB2 and sign a FA QB as a TC arm. Unless McKee drops I see them taking their QB2 in the 5th. This is a guy they potentially have for years so he's worth more than an UDFA in light of Stafford's injury potential. One thing I note is that Stafford's elbow flared up in 2021 but he played through it. Last year it flared up again and this time it was worse. It clearly affected his deep passing. The operative word is worse the second year. That is the same progression MLB pitchers experience. But in MLB teams have a bullpen, the NFL doesn't have that so a good QB2 is worth investing in because at this point it seems the Rams are going to gamble Stafford hold up for at least 2 more years.
I think the Rams stand pat in the WR room as even in a trade Allen Robinson only clears less than $2M in cap. He asked for the trade so it's up to his agent to work one out acceptable to the Rams. The trading team would have to taken on some of the guaranteed money as well as a draft pick. Either way I see Robinson gone next year regardless.
I see them drafting an ILB either in the 3rd or in the fifth. PK I think will be Pinerio or Gould. I don't see Dixon returning either. His blocks are a problem as he's too damn slow to kick. When he tries to speed it up he shanks it. A punter in the 6th or 7th wouldn't be surprising. They tried the FA route last year and it didn't work out. Drafting a punter is IMO the only way to solve the P position long term.
I’ll address this in segments.
1. Just WOKE up. Funny though that I found a connection that is sort of funny.
Les Sneads son went to Loyal HS.
Shelton Coleman & David Long did as well.
A. Greg Robinson was an Auburn guy & Fishers son.Plus Les Snead was an Alumni there as well.
Good scouting Les !!
I actually like that Coleman Shelton is a LOCAL KID. He has worked hard, but brings me back to Austin Blythe. Allen or Coleman can’t start at GUARD.To small.
— plus when I looked in 2021,like everyone else I was ASURED The Rams were drafting a Center because it was a DEEP center draft.All Top 5 2021 centers in The Draft were starters.
The Rams just had signed a speed WR to a 1 year contract in
DJ1. The Rams don’t win a Superbowl without his release for cap space & or Von Miller.
—Now both Allen & Shelton have 2 years left on their contract. Rams did John Sullivan wrong & drafted Brian Allen anyways. LOGIC - is The Problem!!!