clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

St. Louis Rams Training Camp: Rookie Corners Could Be Big Contributors In 2012

New, comments
May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during training camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Talking about wide receivers and the offensive line is probably not the best way to get excited about training camp. Talking about the St. Louis Rams cornerbacks, on the other hand, is a little more uplifting. The two rookies, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, drew some more praise in a recent report from Pro Football Weekly.

Spring OTAs and minicamp is a limited way to judge a player, but the early returns were very positive for both Jenkins and Johnson. Check out what a "team insider" told PFW about Jenkins:

"He looked like the team's smoothest corner in early camp work. He looks very fluid on the backpedal ... With Fletcher not all the way back from his injury, I think Jenkins has a good shot to start."

At this point, it would be a minor upset if Jenkins were not starting opposite Cortland Finnegan. All he has to do now is sign a contract.

As for Johnson, the PFW piece quoted none other than Sam Bradford, from one of his spring practice press conferences, talking about Johnson's ability.

"And then Trumaine, he's a bigger kid, and he really seems to have some range. Throwing one-on-ones against him ... he was stride for stride with (rookie WR Chris) Givens, and Givens can move. I've been very impressed with both of those players so far."

Like I said above, do not forget the caveat about spring practices. Along those lines, you wonder how much it helps a corner to be matched up against the Rams' receivers.