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Los Angeles Rams Week 3 rookie report leans on S Taylor Rapp’s performance again

As the injuries start to mount, the rooks’ playing time is opening up.

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The Los Angeles Rams went in to First Energy stadium and slugged through a 20-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Defensively, it was a masterclass. OBJ was limited to six catches and only 56 yards. Odell’s running mate, Jarvis Landry, was a bit more productive but still held in check — he hauled in three catches for 62 yards. The only Browns player to have a day was RB Nick Chubb with 96 yards on 23 carries.

The offense was a tale of two sides. On one side, the receivers Cooper Kupp (11 catches, 102 yards, two TDs) and Brandin Cooks (eight receptions, 112 yards) went off. They were easily the star performers on that side of the ball. Then there were QB Jared Goff’s three turnovers (fumble, two INTs).


Nevertheless, a W is a W. The team is now 3-0, still flawless in the record book.

Here are my rookie reports for Week 3:

(Author’s note: Let me preface this by stating this: Week 3’s grades are full of INC incompletes and N/A not applicable. Its only fair. Some of the rookies were inactive. Others, the sample size too small)

Rookie Report

S Taylor Rapp

Three weeks down, three weeks with Taylor Rapp doing his damn thang! His numbers were not as eye-popping as the other two contests, but at three total tackles, Rapp was more than solid. his play in coverage caused a few incomplete passes.

Again, I reeeaaalllyyy likes this kid.

Grade: B+

RB Darrell Henderson Jr.

Hendo was not used much (at all) in this week’s victory.

Grade: INC

CB David Long Jr.

David Long was another game day inactive casualty. Barring injury or abysmal play from those higher up on the depth chart, this will not change. Ditto for some of the other rooks on this report.

Grade: N/A

OT Bobby Evans

OG Bobby was also a casualty to the game day inactives list. However, with injuries to the offensive line, Evans’ activation on game days is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Grade: N/A

DT Greg Gaines

Greg was a victim to the numbers game. He was inactive in Sunday night’s fest. Depth was needed elsewhere.

Grade: N/A

OT David Edwards

David logged in his usual handful of Special Teams snaps (five). With RG Austin Blythe out with a bum ankle and backup Jamil Demby struggling mightily, it will be fun to see if his number gets called upon in a pinch.

Grade: C

S Nick Scott

Nick Scott continues his ST dominance. He handled 71-percent (17 total) of the snaps on Coach Bones’ unit.

Grade: C+

LB Natrez Patrick

Natrez Patrick is on of the rookies making their majority of money on special teams. He took part in 50-percent (12) ST snaps.

Grade: C

WR Nsimba Webster

The numbers game is simply too much for Nsimba’s hopes of cracking the game day roster. Slots one through four all literally contribute on offense. .

Grade: N/A

LB Troy Reeder

Troy once again made his money on ST. he went in on 12 snaps (50%).

Grade: C