Sadly, the Los Angeles Rams season came to a close Saturday night. Facing off against the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons, the Rams battled after uncharacteristic special teams miscues but ultimately fell short, 26-13.
While the rookie season ends for class without a first round pick, the first McVay era rookies have provided a solid foundation from the get-go, helping the Rams turnaround from the worst scoring team to the best in the NFL.
WR Cooper Kupp
Cooper Kupp played like a veteran in his first playoff game. Targeted 13 times, Kupp scored the lone touchdown for the Rams along with accumulating 8 catches and 69 yards. Kupp figures to be a long term fixture in the slot for the Rams.
S John Johnson III
Rookie safety John Johnson was solid in his playoff debut as well. Earning six total tackles while helping limit the Falcons to a 3.2 ypc average, Johnson played well for a rookie in his playoff debut. While Lamarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson head towards free agency, Johnson is certain to come back next year as a fixture in the secondary.
TE Gerald Everett
The Rams first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the tight end from South Alabama was targeted twice. Everett’s role is only likely to grow as he split time with Tyler Higbee this season. Look for Everett to be a bigger part of the offense next season as fans hope he can be the Jordan Reed for Sean McVay.
OLB Samson Ebukam
The collegiate teammate of Kupp, Samson Ebukam came to the Rams as a raw but athletic player. With Robert Quinn closing the season strong, Ebukam saw limited snaps down the stretch. Expect Ebukam to battle for a starting spot next season with Connor Barwin heading towards free agency and Robert Quinn’s status being unknown for next season.
Enough can’t be said about this rookie class. There was plenty of talent for the present and promising glimpses of the future. As the Rams look forward to building off an unexpected and extremely successful season, let’s be thankful and proud of the team we cheer for from old man Andrew Whitworth to youngins like Samson Ebukam.
Most importantly, Go RAMS!