The Los Angeles Rams had a nice bounce back season in 2023, as they won 10 games and returned to the playoffs after missing the postseason altogether in 2022.
Sean McVay’s crew showed the NFL world that they weren’t in a complete rebuild mode as the Rams retooled with a nice mix of veterans and young players. Puka Nacua, Kyren Williams, and Kobie Turner led the way for the new class of Rams players. Meanwhile, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald still put up their numbers for the old school.
Even though the 2023 season was an overall success for the Rams, some players didn’t live up to the expectations set for them.
Below, we’ll discuss those players who Rams fans thought would play well in 2023 but were overrated.
1. Van Jefferson
Jefferson isn’t on the team anymore after the Rams traded him and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2025 sixth-round pick in October.
Before the 2023 season began, fans had high hopes for Jefferson, who was coming back from injury but would be playing with Stafford again. LA fans remember the veteran wide receiver’s performance during the Super Bowl run in 2021, where he had 50 receptions (89 targets) for 802 yards and six touchdowns.
However, Jefferson could never return to that level, as he only recorded eight receptions (15 targets) for 108 yards in five games with the Rams this season. Jefferson’s slip in play was very noticeable as rookie Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell passed him on the depth chart.
As we saw, Nacua and Atwell’s production was for real, and it wasn’t a surprise to see why they were playing over the former Florida Gators wide receiver.
Jefferson couldn’t do much in Atlanta either, as that offense had quarterback issues and couldn’t get out of its own way. The 27-year-old receiver is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March and might be able to land a one or two-year deal as he’s not too far removed from what we saw in 2021.