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Los Angeles Rams Vs. Arizona Cardinals: Rookies Making Huge Impact

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The Rams young rookies are playing like veterans now.

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The Los Angeles Rams made it across the Atlantic to take on the Arizona Cardinals in a “home” game this past week. While the Rams scored a nice 33 points, surprisingly only one passing touchdown was thrown and a young Rams rookie was the benificiary.

WR Cooper Kupp

A week after not having a big game against the tough secondary of the Jaguars, the Rams were hoping to have better results against the Cardinals secondary. Jared Goff continued to look to his favorite target and temporary roommate, giving Kupp a team-high ten targets. Kupp managed to catch four passes for 51 yards including a nice touchdown off a screen play.

Other Offensive Guys

The other guys this week included Gerald Everett and Josh Reynolds who both failed to receive a target. Both however did manage to make an impact on special teams as each recorded a solo special teams tackle.

With a bye week upcoming, look for the Rams to perhaps install some more opportunities for the young Rams.

John Johnson III

With Cody Davis out as soon as Lamarcus Joyner got healthy, the Rams were going to test out the safety duo of Johnson and Joyner against Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and Adrian Peterson. With solid game-planning and an injury to Palmer, the Rams actually held up very well against the Cardinals offense, limiting them to 193 total yards for the game. Johnson led the Rams with five tackles, including four solo stops.

Other Defensive Guys

Tanzel Smart continues to get the work as a nose guard, freeing up Michael Brockers to make plays. Samsom Ebukam had a quiet game in which Robert Quinn actually played well (four pressures). Again, with the bye week in tow, look for the Rams to perhaps create a couple of packages that may allow the rookies on the defensive side of the ball to shine.