Well this escalated quickly. A week ago the Los Angles Rams had two All-Pros starting at cornerback. Sure, Aqib Talib is on the downslope of his career and Marcus Peters was too aggressive at times... but they formed a formidable duo.
The last 48 hours has changed that drastically. Talib went to injured reserve with a rib injury and Peters was traded to the Ravens today. The Rams entered the season with significant depth at cornerback and now they’ll have to lean into that strength to rebound from two significant losses.
I’m going to preface these next few paragraphs by noting that Nickell Robey-Coleman plays mostly in the slot and I’m not viewing him as a candidate to shift outside.
With Troy Hill playing so well under Wade Phillips tutelage, he has likely earned a role as a starter for the rest of the season. It’s not tough to pencil him in as Peter’s replacement.
Filling in for an injured Talib becomes more problematic. David Long has been inactive for all six of the Rams contests in 2019. It’s hard to envision the Rams thrusting him directly into a starting CB role, but to be honest they might not have much choice.
The only other remaining option in house would be Darious Williams, who is a special teamer who has yet to play a defensive snap in 2019.
The most likely option is Long and Hill being the starting CBs in week 7, but I wouldn’t put it past Les Snead to swing one more trade to bring in a replacement. No, I don’t think it would be Jalen Ramsey, but Snead is well known for his wheeling and dealing.