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Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears: Week 11 rookie report

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The rookies won the battle of the trenches at the Coli.

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Week 11 was a peculiar one for the Los Angeles Rams.

The team did defeat the Chicago Bears 17-7. The defense got the job done decisively. The Bear’s offense only mustered 74 yards on the ground, plus 199 more through the air.

Offensively, the new look offensive line had, arguably, its best game of the year. The rookies in the trenches played a huge part.

So, without further ado, here are the rookie grades for Week 11.


Rookie Report

S Taylor Rapp

Rapp was business as usual on Sunday versus the Bears. His eight total tackles led the team.

He has filled in admirably with John Johnson III out. He has mastered his “Big Nickel” role. No qualms in regards to this playa.

Grade: B

RB Darrell Henderson Jr.

The running back stable was on full power against Chicago. Star back Todd Gurley banged out 28 touches (25 carries, three receptions) and 133 yards and a score. Malcolm Brown got five carries, fifteen yards and a TD.

Hendo did get in for three snaps on O and two on special teams.

Grade: C-

CB David Long Jr.

The Pasadena-native has become a regular on Special Teams coach John Fassel’s unit since his inclusion on the game day roster.

Long registered 19 ST snaps (76%) and 15 (20%) more on the defensive side.

Grade: C-

OL Bobby Evans

Bobby made his debut on the offensive line on Sunday versus the Bears. He started the game at right tackle and played the unit’s entire 55 snaps.

The o-line shifted philosophies (probably due to all the owies) and it churned out brilliant results. Let’s see if this trend continues on the upward trajectory. The season’s fate depends on it!

Grade: B

DT Greg Gaines

With all the offensive line injuries, depth was needed there. Double G was a victim to the game day inactives list.

Grade: N/A

OL David Edwards

The former Wisconsin Badger, David, has been a rather grand revelation at left guard. They say says: it is a good day for an offensive lineman when your name does not get called. Edwards has now stringed himself a couple of days.

Grade: B-

S Nick Scott

The seventh rounder has made ST his home. Only backup S Marqui Christian (84%) has a higher ST snap percentage than him (80%). That is superb for the rookie.

Grade: C+

LB Troy Reeder

With fellow rookie Taylor Rapp entrenched has the ‘defacto’ second linebacker — Nickel and sub packages are pretty much the norm nowadays — Reeder was only in for five defensive snaps. The UDFA ‘backer out of Delaware also logged in 17 ST snaps (68%).

Grade: C-

LB Natrez Patrick

‘Trez is still a ST playa, logging in 15 snaps (60%)

Grade: C-

WR Nsimba Webster

Young Nsimba got the call up from the practice squad this week. He immediately payed dividends, partaking in 13 (52%) of the ST snaps.

Grade: C-