The Los Angeles Rams have guaranteed themselves a winning record with their ninth victory of the season against the Arizona Cardinals, their first winning record since 2003.
While much credit goes to the development of QB Jared Goff and resurgence of RB Todd Gurley, the rookie class again continued to play a huge role.
WR Cooper Kupp
Who leads the NFL rookies in receiving? Would it be Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams, Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross, Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones, Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel or Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, the first six wideouts taken in the 2017 NFL Draft? No, the answer is the seventh wideout taken.
Kupp leads all rookies with 51 receptions and 665 receiving yards and had another strong game with five receptions for 68 yards on six targets. #gamerecognizegame
Incredible honor being able to compete against one of the best to ever do it! @LarryFitzgerald pic.twitter.com/7qMtHrszpN— Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) December 4, 2017
TE Gerald Everett
Targeted four times (more than TE Tyler Higbee for a change), Everett was able to make two catches, including this touchdown on 4th and goal:
19th TD for @JaredGoff16. 2nd career TD for @lightningstrk12! #LARams pic.twitter.com/HVq9qrApyO— Jukes N Hoops (@JukesNHoops) December 3, 2017
Everett getting more targets than Higbee shows the staff and Goff are slowly but surely trusting their role for the young tight end. If he keeps making plays like this, targets will continue to come.
OLB Samson Ebukam
Ebukam started at strongside linebacker in place of OLB Connor Barwin, who is a nursing a broken arm. In his first career start, Ebukam recorded five solo tackles, helping the Rams defense keep the Cardinals in check for the game.
Wade Phillips joked about Samson Ebukam's upcoming first NFL start: "I said, ‘Are you nervous?’ He said, ‘Heck yeah, I’m nervous.’ I said, ‘Well, you better be.’"— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) December 1, 2017
S John Johnson III
Johnson continues to start and play the backend well with DB Lamarcus Joyner. Johnson finished the game with six tackles including five solo stops. With Johnson getting better each week, Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips has to be getting a bit more comfortable with his development.