Season Finale. It has been a roller coaster ride year for the 2015 St. Louis Rams. While the team is not playing to ready itself for the postseason, it is on a three-game winning streak. The Rams will look to make it four in a row and end the season with a win against the San Francisco 49ers.
So, without further ado, lets get to the five Rams players to watch for the 2015 season finale:
Players to Watch
WR Tavon Austin
Through 15 games, Tavon leads the Rams with a jaw-dropping (please insert sarcasm here) 47 catches. He is third on the team with 443 receiving yards.
Obviously, Austin is not much of a receiving threat. He is, however, a legitimate scoring threat. He leads the Rams with five receiving touchdowns. He has four rushing touchdowns under his belt. Throw in another TD via punt return. In total, Tavon has 10 TDs, the same has rookie sensation Todd Gurley.
So while Tavon is not a threat as a receiver, he is a legitimate scoring threat.
WR Kenny Britt
I recall an article written by ESPN's Nick Wagoner about Britt. In the piece, Britt states he wants to end every season with his gas tank on E – leaving it all on the field
"I don’t want to leave this season saying I left something out there on the field," said Britt. Well, lets hope Britt has more to offer than the 33 receptions he has this year.
In Britt's defense, he has had his fair share of big plays this year. He has four catches of 40 yards or more this season, with a long of 60 yards. He leads the team with 600 receiving yards. He's had a touchdown in the last two games.
The issue lies with Britt's consistency. He will make a play for 40 yards, 55 yards, but then disappear for the entire game. He will make three catches for 87 yards, but he won't do shit after that. Britt needs to go that extra mile. I don't know if Britt lacks that je ne sais quoi, or of it is the Rams lackluster quarterbacks, but if Kenny had IT, the Rams would be much better off.
Another score this Sunday could push Britt in the right direction.
CB Trumaine Johnson
Janoris Jenkins' slogan this year may be "#ClampSeason" but Trumaine Johnson his definitely the truth at corner for the Rams. Tru leads the Rams in interceptions with seven. He ranks as the fifth best corner, according to Pro Football Focus. Tru also is ranked No.1 in NFL QB rating allowed in his coverage (47.4).
Johnson can continue to add to his impressive season this Sunday against Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers.
QB Case Keenum
Keenum averages less than 150 yards per game. He is by no means a quarterback that can take an offense to the next level. But for the Rams, as long as Case does not turn the ball over, he is aight. And that is what Case has going for him. Through his four starts, Keenum only has two giveaways – one interception and one fumble.
Keep that going for yourself, Case.
RB Tre Mason
Starting running back, Todd Gurley, sat out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practice dealing with a foot injury. So the next man up is second-year back Tre Mason. If TG is not cleared, this will be Mason's first start since Week 3.
Mason has not done much this season – he only has 163 yards on 57 carries. He was, however, the Rams lead back a a year ago in the 2014 season. That year he proved to be a solid back, running for 765 yards on 179 carries – an average of 4.3 yards per carry. His numbers, however, were boosted by a number of big plays. In 12 games, he averaged four yards or more only five times.
So for Tre to be successful, The line will have to open up holes for him, he cannot take what is given to him and make a hole appear, like Gurley. He cannot make his own path like Gurley can, but he can take it to the house. Lets hope Tre takes one all the way.