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2019 Los Angeles Rams roster preview: S John Johnson III ready to chop it up

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In Year 1, Johnson worked his way into a starting role. In Year 2, he put together a fantastic season. Is Year 3 he joins the top tier of safeties in the NFL?

Los Angeles Rams S John Johnson celebrates after intercepting a pass from New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
Los Angeles Rams S John Johnson celebrates after intercepting a pass from New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
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Roster Battle

Nope. Los Angeles Rams S John Johnson III will be locked in as a starter, though Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips will have to figure out how to balance a rotation between Johnson, S Eric Weddle (roster preview) and 2019 NFL Draft second-round pick S Taylor Rapp (roster preview). It’s a bit of an embarassment of riches at the back, but I’m all for first-world roster problems.

Expectations

Extremely high.

Johnson was considered by many to be a Pro Bowl snub last after a fantastic season. Now headed into his third pro season, expectations are strong for Johnson and the Rams’ secondary overall.

Chances of making the final roster (10/10)

Weddle kicked of the 2019 NFL Top 100 recently.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Weddle makes way for Johnson to make his first appearance on the list a year from now.