11 Los Angeles Rams Who Won't Return Next Season

The Rams' window for contending is closing as Matthew Stafford gets another year older, and the young team will look to hold onto as many key pieces as possible.

Oct 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay during the second half
Oct 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay during the second half / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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6. Russ Yeast

Another young DB on the chopping block, Russ Yeast showed none of that second-year improvement that we saw from Kendrick.

Yeast was an even later draft pick, being the third-last selection of the entire 2022 NFL Draft, and he earned an ugly 57.4 overall grade from PFF as a rookie. He followed that up with a 57.0 in 2023, grading out at 82nd among 95 qualifying safeties.

His stats when targeted in coverage were also significantly worse than Kendrick's, allowing a 115.7 passer rating on 41 looks in 2023. His 21.8% missed tackle rate is especially egregious for a safety.

Being 24 years old with 10 NFL starts under his belt and on a cheap contract, Yeast is another guy that would be fine to stash on the practice squad. There's also a much better chance that he actually clears waivers than Kendrick.

But for Yeast, it's not even a lock that he'd be worth one of those practice squad spots. He may just be released and left to pursue other opportunities.