To say the Los Angeles Rams’ 2019 season was disappointment might be an understatement. After making it all the way to the Super Bowl during the 2018 season, the Rams finished in third place in the NFC West and missed the playoffs. Some players like Jared Goff took steps back, but it wasn’t all bad surrounding the team. There were plenty of players who took big steps forward and their futures look bright.
Let’s break down the three players who improved the most during the 2019 season.
Stats wise, Malcolm Brown didn’t actually have a breakout year, but he did prove one thing, he can be a starting running back in the league. He finished the season rushing 69 times for 255 yards and five touchdowns.
The team continued to try and force-feed Todd Gurley, but it’s clear that Gurley doesn’t have the legs he once did, and that’s where Brown comes in.
He proved to be a good option when Gurley couldn’t go, and going forward if Gurley’s knee gets worse, Brown can be the starting running back for this team.
Tyler Higbee was a well-known name around the Rams this season because he had been on the team the previous three years, but his stats never amounted to much. Heading into the 2019 season, Higbee’s biggest year was in 2017 when he had 295 receiving yards and a touchdown.
In 2019, he became a favorite target of Goff, catching 69 passes for 734 yards and three touchdowns. When Goff needed someone to make a big catch, he looked Higbee’s way and he rarely disappointed.
Troy Hill/Nickell Robey-Coleman
One of these spots really could have gone to the young guys in the Rams secondary. Eric Weddle took big steps backward during the 2019 season, but they were still ranked eighth in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. The Rams also traded away Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and the young guys had to step up. Jalen Ramsey was a big reason why, but guys like Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman also stepped up in a big way.
Hill had two interceptions while Robey-Coleman was consistently being targeted by other teams and stepped up to the occasion. They are both under contract for next season, and they are going to be big assets going forward.
The team has a lot of moves they need to make this offseason to improve their team, but there are plenty of guys who can take a lot of good things away from the 2019 season.