The LA Rams picked up an enormous 34-7 road victory against the Arizona Cardinals (sorry for the excitement, after last week’s debacle you’d get it, ha!).
The offense was firing on all cylinders — albeit against a porous defense — and the defense bounced all the way back from a hideous performance against a young up-and-coming offense (sans Larry the great).
What about the first year players? Well, they had a hell of a display too.
S Taylor Rapp
Rapp had a huge bounce back game after an ugly Week 12 showing.
While not bashing out 12 tackles per usual, logging in just two solo tackles, Rapp came up huge in coverage. The U-of-W product notched his first interception (it could have been two, if it had not called been waived by a penalty). To top it off, the kid ran it back for a defensive score.
Take a bow, young padawan.
RB Darrell Henderson Jr.
Darrell received the rock in the fourth quarter with the game already within the Rams’ grasps. He did his thing though — going off on a nice 13-yard run. All in all, Hendo put up 17 yards on 4.3 yards per clip.
CB David Long Jr.
Whoooooo!!!! David almost picked QB Kyler Murray off. Two rookies almost got INTs off this year’s No. 1 selection. Must feel good.
David was more active than usual — in for 27 of the defensive plays — and it resulted in the stats sheet: he recorded two solo tackles. Good ish, David!
OL Bobby Evans
OG Bobby Evans was once again in at right tackle for the injured Rob Havenstein. Props to the first year lineman (and the rest of the o-line) though — the line got a helluva push on the ground game. The line also managed to keep Jared Goff upright and gave him enough time to unleash the rock.
Good job, Bobby. You’re doing well.
DL Greg Gaines
Double G was an integral part of the defensive line rotation once again (these results are exactly what the Rams need out of their depth players/rookies). Gaines racked up three total tackles on 25 defensive snaps. Good look, Greg.
OL David Edwards
David had a rough game, mentally. The former Badger committed four penalties, with the ugliest negating a long Todd Gurley TD run (shoutout to Sos for catching all four penalties attributed to Edwards). But the line was solid all around. Kudos, big fellas.
S Nick Scott
Scott partook a bit more than usual on the defensive front. The seventh rounder logged in 14 snaps (22-percent) of the snaps on D. That cut into his contributions on special teams — only logging in 17 ST snaps (61-percent).
But ya know what, what we are seeing here is development and progress. And thasss good, homie.
LB Troy Reeder
Troy’s place at inside linebacker has now transformed into a timeshare of sorts. The undrafted rookie spent 30 snaps on defense, with ILB Travin Howard in for 33 more defensive snaps. He had a very active day, however. Reeder dialed in six total tackles
He contributed on 20 ST snaps as well.
OLB Natrez Patrick
“Trez was once again a numbers casuality. A game day inactive.
WR Nsimba Webster
Like “Trez, Nsimba was, too, a victim to the game day inactives list.