The Los Angeles Rams got the job done against a weak Cincinnati Bengals team in London, 24-10.
It marks the second win in a row for the LA squad after a three-game skid. It now heads into the Bye Week at 5-3, and can rest/recover for the long haul.
The rookies for LA have started to show up in bunches! The majority of the draft class took part in the London game in one way or the other. So, Lets get into the rookie grades:
Author’s note: Let me preface this by stating this: Week 8’s grades are NOT full of INC incompletes and N/A not applicables; The majority of the rookies made it off the inactives list and participated in the game in some sort of fashion. I did, however, give those first-appearance rooks a base grade of C-. What can I say, I’m a nice guy :)
S Taylor Rapp
T-Rapp took over in London. The first-year safety out of Washington racked up a total of 12 tackles.
Rapp’s value cannot just be quantified by numbers here. Dude covers tight ends in pass coverage, defends the run well, and is the de facto second inside linebacker. He is too nice. No cap.
RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
The rookie out of the University of Memphis played well in Wembley Stadium. Darrell toted the rock for the majority of the game’s ending act, and actually managed to out-gain Todd Gurley numbers-wise: 49 yards on 11 carries (to Gurley’s 44 yards on 10 carries).
Go ‘head now, Hendo!
CB David Long Jr.
With a depleted cornerbacks room, David found a way off the inactive list. The University of Michigan-product did not find a way onto the field defensively, but did partake in 58-percent (14 snaps) of the special teams snaps.
Those are gains, young David. Do not take ‘em in slight. Build on from here.
OT Bobby Evans
Bobby made his way off the game day inactives list and took part in four special teams snaps. Good sh**, Bobby!
DT Greg Gaines
Double G found himself as a victim to the numbers game. Game day inactive, playa.
OT David Edwards
David has gone from riding the pine through the first six weeks to actually faring pretty damn well these last two games. The rookie out of Wisconsin has slid almost seamlessly perfect into the left guard position.
S Nick Scott
A special teams ace! Scott held it down on special teams for 71-percent of its snaps.
LB Natrez Patrick
Natrez Patrick continues to perform on special teams, joining the unit in 15 snaps (62-percent). He even managed to get on the field for one snap on defense.
Baby steps, ‘Trez. Baby steps.
LB Troy Reeder
Troy pried the second inside linebacker position away from fifth year ‘backer Bryce Hager. Big ups to Troy. However, he only took part in twelve-percent (10 snaps) of the defensive plays. We have seen a lot more productivity from Reeder