LB Cory Littleton
While Littleton didn’t stuff the stat sheet like he did in the Rams week 1 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, that likely had as much to do with the Cardinals putrid offense as anything else. The Cardinals were playing from behind and that shows in the box score as the Rams leading 3 tacklers are all DBs
He proved adequate at calling plays for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ defense and I’m intrigued how he will play once ILB Mark Barron returns to the field for the Rams.
TE Tyler Higbee
Higbee continues to falter in head coach Sean McVay’s high octane offense. He caught one of his two targets for a paltry 3 yards. Fellow TE Gerald Everett has proven to be more explosive than the former fourth round pick and may start taking snaps from Higbee if the production doesn’t begin to improve.
WR Robert Woods
Woods caught six of his nine targets for 81 yards and continued to show that he’s an extremely reliable receiver for Jared Goff. Woods likely would have joined WR Brandin Cooks in eclipsing 100 yards if Goff hadn’t missed a wide open Woods a few times.
It’s hard to criticize a QB who threw for 350+ yards and completed 75% of his passes, but if we’re splitting hairs Goff is still leaving some plays on the field - which could lead to trouble down the road for the Rams.
WR JoJo Natson
I don’t think anyone is suggesting that Natson is a permanent replacement for All-Pro returner Pharoh Cooper, but JoJo sure did a lot to ease the minds of Rams fans with a big punt return on Sunday.
Natson averaged 22.2 yards per return over 6 returns against the Cardinals. If he can maintain even half of that average, special teams coordinator John Fassel is sure to be plaesed.
OLB/EDGE Dominique Easley
Easley didn’t have a huge impact against the Cardinals, but he didn’t have to. While the Rams only had a single sack, the defensive line was relentless all afternoon.
Easley made it through another game healthy and wasn’t a liability. That’s a very positive step for him and I think we’ll start seeing more and more of him as the season progresses.