By all accounts, the Los Angeles Rams exceeded expectations this season. This team was counted out by many, and a rocky first half of the year made things difficult, but Sean McVay helped his squad rally and capture the 6-seed for the playoffs.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles couldn't get past the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card round, and now the franchise has shifted into offseason mode.
Surely McVay and Les Snead know they have a core that can get them back to contention. That makes it pertinent to find the right supporting players to fill this roster out in 2024.
New additions ultimately will lead to some departures. And there's a few guys in particular who are on thin ice as the offseason begins.
1. Troy Reeder
What a disappointing season it was for linebacker Troy Reeder. The veteran decided to return to Los Angeles for the 2023 campaign following a lackluster one-year stint for the Chargers, with hopes on both sides he'd regain the form from the Rams' Super Bowl run.
Instead, Reeder's slide into NFL irrelevancy continued this season. Despite appearing in all 17 games, the 29-year-old managed just 23 tackles during the campaign. That's a far cry from the 91 (along with 2.0 sacks and six TFLs) he put up in 2021.
Reeder's playing time on defense took a major nosedive in 2023, as he saw just 17% of the available snaps. He remained a key part of the special teams unit (59% of snaps played), but that's supposed to be an extra bonus he brings to the table, instead of his main offering.
That's now two poor seasons from the linebacker, which raises questions about his pro future. The fact a return to the Rams didn't help him rebound will concern teams around the league.
Banking on another deal in Los Angeles is no guarantee for Reeder, either, especially with coordinator Raheem Morris a candidate to bolt for another gig in 2024.