The Los Angeles Rams had many issues last season that played a role in their 4-12 record. Particularly their issues on offense.

The Rams had the worst offense in the NFL on relatively all accounts. They were dead last in yards and scoring. They were also dead last in offensive yards per play (4.4) and top 10 in turnovers.

One of the biggest struggles for the Rams offense has been the lack of a vertical threat. They have not had one dependable receiver that they can just lob the football up to and they can trust him to go bring it down.

The Rams had three players with 10 yards per reception or more last season. Those players being Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, and Lance Kendricks. None of them are still on the roster.

Not one starting receiver returning from the roster last season is above six foot tall. This is where wide receiver Josh Reynolds comes into the picture.

The Rams brought in Reynolds to address the specific need discussed in this article. Reynolds is a long and lanky receiver who has the ability to go up and grab 50/50 balls. His ball skills are exceptional which always give him a chance to bring down a jump ball.

His talent and abilities provide the Rams with a red-zone threat that they have not had in years. The Rams were 27th last season in red-zone scoring percentage (47.06) which only calculated touchdowns per Team Rankings.

Looking at their red-zone struggles make it no surprise that the Rams were dead last in scoring. They did not have a reliable target that they could throw a back-shoulder fade to. That made throwing the ball in the red-zone very difficult.

If Reynolds can fill out his frame and add some size, he can become a legit vertical threat for the Rams. A lot of his mechanics still need work before he can become a go-to wide-out.

However, if that day comes, the Rams offense could possibly be taken to the next level.

Brendan Abban is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Rams on Endzonescore and hosts the KBR Sports podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BAbban24 or email him via [email protected]



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