The Rams took nine rookies in the draft, but they were busy after the draft and signed a plethora of undrafted free agents.

There are a total of 22 rookies on the roster.

Most of them won’t make the week one roster, but are there any rookies that can start against the Cowboys?

Van Jefferson

A second-round pick out of Florida and this kid can ball.

He has shown the hands at times, and he’s shown his footwork at others.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Jared Goff or John Wolfard; Jefferson catches the ball and makes plays.

He is right behind Josh Reynolds, but he could pass him if he keeps showing the dominant play in camp. If he isn’t on the field for the first offensive snap in SoFi Stadium, expect him in the week one rotation with Reynolds. 

In the first scrimmage on Aug. 22, Jefferson ended up going against Jalen Ramsey on the first team after the half. Jefferson has definitely been my favorite draft pick to watch at training camp.

The future looks bright for Jefferson, and hopefully, it will be a long career in LA.

RB Cam Akers

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How do you define a start if you’re in the running back by committee? Is it still fair to say its player on the field for the first snap for the offense, or, should it be, who receives the higher percentage of snaps? Akers can be used in so many positions in the running back by committee system. Will he be the first-down back or the third-down back? Could he be the red zone and goal-line back? Short yardage or long-yardage situations? 

Akers will play in week one, but the question is will his usage equate to starter status. I expect to see him on that first play for the offense. He was the Rams’ first pick in the draft so that he can help replace Todd Gurley. The running back by committee offense should be a nice change of pace for the Rams, and Akers is the guy to be the crown jewel of it. 

OLB Terrell Lewis

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Lewis was a third-round pick out of Alabama and started training camp at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

After a week away from camp, Lewis caught up to the pack and has a good shot at starting.

Lewis might be a long shot at starting, but he could have a chance to step up later if players go down. 

“He’s looked good the last three days in practice and has got a long way to go,” McVay told ESPN. “But you definitely see the flashes.” 

If Lewis keeps working, he can definitely see the field before the end of the season. Maybe we’ll get a little more action out of Lewis in this week’s episode of “Hard Knocks.”

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