3. Tutu Atwell
It would be shocking to see the Rams move on from Atwell this season, as he only has a cap hit of $1.8M in 2024. However, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2025. The Rams might want to bring back veteran Demarcus Robinson, who overtook Atwell for the WR3 job.
The 24-year-old receiver got off to a hot start, recording 119 yards in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and 77 yards in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 5-foot-9 Atwell averaged 8.8 targets per game through the first four games of the season, but that number went down to 2.7 in the final 12 contests. During that 12-game stretch, Atwell saw Robinson receive more targets (4.3 per game) between Weeks 9-18.
Atwell finished with 39 receptions (67 targets) for 483 yards and three touchdowns, which isn’t bad when you have Puka Nacu and Cooper Kupp as your top two wide receivers. Atwell had the third-best ADOT (11.4) behind Robinson and Van Jefferson (traded during the reg. season to the Atlanta Falcons).
However, his yards per target were 7.2, which was lower than rookie Davis Allen (8.6), who didn’t get a lot of looks this season, and veteran running back Darrell Henderson Jr. (7.4).
That being said, Los Angeles might believe it needs another reliable pass-catching option next season, especially with starting tight end Tyler Higbee going down with a season-ending knee injury in the playoffs against the Detroit Lions.
If the Rams were to trade Atwell, they would get a late Day 3 pick back for him, which might not move the needle to remove him from the roster.
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