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Rams’ Kevin Demoff challenges young players to step up amid changes

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The Los Angeles Rams’ new logos aren’t going to be the only thing that looks different come 2020. As has been reiterated by COO Kevin Demoff, salary cap restraints forced the organization to take drastic measures during the offseason to this point, swapping out many familiar faces that fans have come to know over the years. But that hasn’t dampened Demoff’s expectations:

“If you look at our team, we drafted a lot of young players who, ultimately, in a salary-cap era when you have stars who have been paid, are going to have to step up,” Demoff said, per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.

Arguably the most notable of those departures has been running back Todd Gurley, who has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons but has not officially signed yet.

Even with the uncertainty surrounding Gurley, the Rams are still likely looking at the loss of kicker Greg Zuerlein, linebacker Cory Littleton, edge rushers Clay Matthews and Dante Fowler Jr. and defensive backs Eric Weddle and Nickell Robey-Coleman. All those names will be absent from a team that took a sharp downturn in 2019, finishing 9-7 and outside the playoff picture just a year after representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.

While there will be new faces abound, the steady presence of quarterback Jared Goff, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and head coach Sean McVay will be as crucial as ever. There is much uncertainty for the league heading into 2020, which likely only heightens the speculation surrounding the Rams and the adjustments that they’ll make.