The Los Angeles Rams‘ roster looks like a greatly stripped-down version of the iteration that took home a Super Bowl championship during the 2021 season.
They traded away veteran star cornerback Jalen Ramsey this offseason, and they also lost standout linebacker Bobby Wagner to the Seattle Seahawks, which has raised major questions about how their defense will perform this coming season.
Offensively, quarterback Matthew Stafford is 35 years of age, and he is coming off an injury-riddled campaign, as are wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson.
But the Rams will be getting a bit of help on that side of the football, as running back Sony Michel will be back with them for the 2023 campaign.
Rams are bringing back free-agent RB Sony Michel for a second stint in Los Angeles.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 20, 2023
Fans seem largely disappointed that Los Angeles hasn’t secured a better upgrade in the backfield.
Sony signed before Dalvin, Zeke, Fournette, or Hunt is not what I had on my bingo card
— Kyle Lindemann (@LuckIsMadeFF) June 20, 2023
We could have done better
— Slacker Network : Mau: The Memecoin Killer ™️ (@Slacker_Network) June 20, 2023
They know Hunt is still out there right?
— The Dice Tell a Story (@DiceTellaStory) June 20, 2023
He will be cut by the start of the season
— Hammy (@GarrettHamm3) June 20, 2023
Michel, 28, was a member of the Rams team that won it all just over a calendar year ago.
He left last offseason to join the Rams’ SoFi Stadium companion, the Los Angeles Chargers, but he had a very disappointing season.
After running for 845 yards and four touchdowns in 2021, Michel only mustered 106 rushing yards and no touchdowns last season while averaging a very anemic 2.9 yards per carry.
He had spent his first three seasons with the New England Patriots, where he was a regular starter and won another Super Bowl ring as a rookie in 2018.
At least for now, L.A.’s starting running back appears to still be Cam Akers, their incumbent starter who ran for 786 yards and seven touchdowns while starting nine of his 15 games in 2022.NEXT: The Rams Have Signed A Former Patriots 1st-Round Pick