The missing piece did not arrive until training camp, and it came via a trade that made NFL observers take notice.
First-year Rams coach Sean McVay had gained a reputation as an up-and-coming offensive guru with the Washington Redskins, but one who achieved it with receivers such as Pierre Garcon and deep-ball threat DeSean Jackson.
The Rams’ signing of receiver Robert Woods appeared to fill the Garcon role.
But it was the trade for Sammy Watkins that finally gave McVay a weapon similar to Jackson.
That was evident in the Rams’ 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, a win that...