The Los Angeles Rams first round of Pro Football Focus grades for the preseason are in and backup cornerback Kevin Peterson appears to be a standout, posting a grade of 91.0. A year ago, Peterson also enjoyed a strong camp and opening preseason game before a torn ACL brought a premature ending to his chances of making the opening day roster. This season guys like Troy Hill and David Long seem locked in to backup roles at cornerback, but maybe Peterson can still become the team’s final corner. He is currently battling Ramon Richards (a Week 1 PFF top performer), Dominique Hatfield, Darious Williams, and Dont’e Deayon (another Week 1 PFF top performer) to make the final 53 man roster.
Wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge had 3 catches for 48 yards and earned a respectable grade of 73.9. Hodge is engaged in a tough roster battle with Mike Thomas. Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Josh Reynolds are in, and Jojo Natson will probably be kept as a returner. That could potentially mean only one more receiver makes the cut, and Hodge hopes to be that guy. Thomas has also created some buzz in camp though, so keep an eye on both players moving forward.
Edge Trevon Young received mixed reviews from Rams fans last week, but PFF had him at a solid 71.0 grade. Young is looking to make the roster and provide depth at edge. Some competition for that spot will come from former TCU standout Josh Carraway who also made in impact in the first preseason game.
Here are the Top 5 graded players from last night's preseason opener versus the #Raiders (OVR OFF/DEF - min 25 snaps):— PFF LA Rams (@PFF_Rams) August 11, 2019
1. Kevin Peterson (91.0)
2. KhaDarel Hodge (73.9)
3. Ramon Richards (71.2)
4. Trevon Young (71.0)
5. Dont'e Deayon (70.5)#Rams pic.twitter.com/bpimC4tIUJ