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Big game for Finnegan?






Cortland Finnegan was the Rams marquee signing in the offseason. In the first three games of the season, Finnegan showed us why he was so highly sought after, getting three interceptions and helping the Rams get their first win of the season. After that though, he has disappeared. But that is actually a good thing.

After those few weeks, teams started picking on Janoris Jenkins, refusing to even contemplate throwing to Finnegan. This showed us that Janoris Jenkins is still a rookie. So far, Janoris Jenkins has covered the main wide receivers of the team, with Finnegan covering every one on his side of the field. This, in my opinion, was a tactic by Fisher to get Janoris Jenkins NFL ready, and we saw that against the Cardinals, where he covered one of the better wide receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, while getting two picks in the process. Now, because of the abundance of throws coming his way, Janoris Jenkins has adjusted to pro game faster then he would have if he was covering lesser receivers. Therefore, after some rough weeks, where Jenkins gave up big plays, he is now the one making the big plays.

How those all of this tie in to Finnegan having a big day? On Hawkins excellent break down of Janoris Jenkins second pick, he noticed how Finnegan's man was open, but Lindely didn't even look there. Now with other teams knowing that Janoris Jenkins can play with the big boys, they can't just focus on him more. Eventually, they have to throw to Finnegan's side, where he can make some plays. If I was Jeff Fisher, for this next game, I would put Finnegan as a QB spy, roaming around. Sure, this means, that Trumaine Johnson will have to cover, but it also means that Finnegan can make some plays. He can also help contain Colin Kaepernick. Whatever happens, eventually, Finnegan should have the chance to make some plays, and we should see less teams picking on JJ, and instead see teams trying to run on the ball, or try to pick on our linebackers/ third corner. It is only a matter of time till the Rams have a shutdown corner pair.

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