The Los Angeles Rams have made it a priority to bring back the pieces that made the 2015 season a success. With signings such as Quinton Coples, Eugene Sims and many more, the Rams are attempting to recreate the pillars of success.
On the other hand, the offensive end of the game will require cohesion more so than big-name signings. While the quarterback scenario has yet to be determined, the pieces around the quarterback are beginning to unfold.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Rams have locked up a key wide receiver and linebacker for the foreseeable future:
The #Rams have picked up the fifth-year options for WR Tavon Austin & LB Alec Ogletree, sources say
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2016
In 2015, Alec Ogletree only appeared in four games before falling victim to a fractured fibula. The Oct. 4 injury against the Arizona Cardinals required surgery, with the Rams electing to play it safe by putting his 2015 season to an end.
During those four games played, the 24-year-old collected 27 tackles and two sacks. In the two seasons prior, however, Ogletree started every game, totaling 179 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, 21 passes defensed, and three interceptions.
Tavon Austin was a catalyst on the offensive end for Rams, posting career highs in just his third season in the NFL.
In 16 games played, the 25-year-old hauled in 52 receptions for 473 yards, including five touchdowns. However, Austin was also able to contribute on the rushing end, getting 52 carries for 434 yards and four touchdowns.
Head coach Jeff Fisher elected to bring back both of their 2013 first-round draft picks, locking them in for another two seasons.