The Los Angeles Rams won a gritty battle with limited offense. Despite the low yardage output by the passing attack, a rookie managed to score the Rams lone offensive touchdown and trio of rookies continue to get more looks on the defensive side of the ball.
TE Gerald Everett
A week after the tight end group managed 11 targets, albeit eight of them to Tyler Higbee, Jared Goff continued to look for the group, with six of the 21 targets coming to the group. Continuing with Coach McVay’s innovation, the Rams managed to score their lone offensive touchdown with a play that has made a recent comeback with Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs, the shuffle pass.
However, even with the touchdown catch, the Rams offense only finished with 107 passing yards. Cooper Kupp got three targets for two catches and 35 yards. The Rams offense looks to get on track against the Arizona Cardinals.
S John Johnson
Johnson got his second career start and continued to play well. While he started the game poorly with a bad angle, allowing Leonard Fournette to bust loose for 75-yard touchdown, Johnson buckled down and finished with three tackles (including a TFL) and a pass defended.
DL Tanzel Smart
Smart has continued to “start” the games as the nose tackle. However, in a pass-happy NFL, he is quickly subbed out in nickel packages and is swapped for a defensive back. Look for Smart to continue to give Phillips free reign to play Brockers all over the place.
LB Samson Ebukam
The young rookie and former collegiate teammate of Cooper Kupp continues to get more and more looks on defense. Subbing in more and more for the quickly tiring Robert Quinn, Ebukam will continue to earn snaps and be a special teams ace.