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2016 Rams Roster Preview: CB Trumaine Johnson And The Only Year That Will Matter

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After posting a dominant season in 2015, Johnson was handsomely reimbursed to take over the CB1 spot from Janoris Jenkins. The real question isn't what he'll do on the field - it's how long he'll be there.

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Trumaine Johnson quite literally is the one who didn’t get away.

The Los Angeles Rams' only holdover from the 2012 rebuild of the secondary is by default the leader of the group and is one of the longest tenured players on the team.

Believe it or not Johnson actually lost his job to E.J. Gaines two years ago after a preseason MCL injury - only to regain it a year later because of a lisfranc injury Gaines suffered prior to the season's start. Johnson feasted on the opportunity last year and was (tied) 2nd in the league with 7 interceptions and was 8th out of all CBs in overall tackles.

Tru’s huge season turned into a non-exclusive franchise tag, meaning the team dropping nearly fourteen million dollars for his services in 2016. That's a lot of cash, so the team is obviously expecting big things from him.

Roster Battle

There is nothing to see here. Johnson is the de-facto CB1 barring catastrophe. The team has no other challengers for the top spot, although the starting position on the other side of the field could be up for grabs depending on E.J. Gaines' form following his year-long injury hiatus.

The real battle for Johnson is happening off the field between his agent and the team; the team still hasn't signed him to a long-term deal. If he has another dominant season, his price tag could skyrocket.

Expectations

Big. As the team's top CB (and someone making almost $14m), it's a reasonable expectation that he'll produce at the same level - or higher - than what we saw last year. Statistically he was one of the best at his position and the team is paying him as such. There is no reason to expect he shouldn't be able to duplicate his success (unless the massive exodus in the secondary catapults the unit's chemistry).

Chances of Making the Final Roster (10/10)

C'mon bruh.