Rams hope Jackson and Stafford can make magic down the field
August 12, 2021
It's been a while since the Los Angeles Rams have consistently thrown the ball deep. In 2018 and 2019 Rams quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Brandin Cooks got together on some deep pass plays but it was never consistent.
Cooks left the team last year and Goff was traded this year to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford and the Rams also picked up DeSean Jackson, the former Long Beach Poly high school and California speedster. Can this combination help the Rams stretch the field and open up their offense? Are these players to old to make a difference? The Rams have a lot of confidence that they will get the job done.
The 5'10, 175-pound Jackson has been injured the past two years, but the Rams hope he can regain the skills that allowed him to catch 56 touchdowns in his career. The 34-year Jackson has also caught passes for 10,656 yards in his career with several teams.
Stafford is 6'3 and 220 pounds and he is 33 years old. He played his whole 12-year career with Lions. Last year he threw for 4,084 yards and 26 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
If Jackson and Stafford can work their magic, that will open up the running game and take pressure off of receivers Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee.
They play the Chargers in a preseason game on Saturday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood at 7 p.m. Players mentioned in this article probably will not play because their place on the team is already secured.