The LA Rams posted their worst offensive performance by Expected Points Added of the season in Sunday’s 17-9 win over the NY Giants, but also their best defensive performance by the same metric. The Rams are now 3-1 and rank top-five in both passing offense and passing defense by net yards per attempt.
Which players helped get them there on Sunday?
Offensive snap counts
- Van Jefferson has gone down in offensive snaps every week: 33 to 26 to 8 to 3. Josh Reynolds hasn’t played in fewer than 30 snaps this season and he played in 62 last week. There’s a firm number three receiver on the offense.
- David Edwards has continued to start at left guard in place of Joe Noteboom and there doesn’t appear to be any obvious weak spot on the offensive line. There was some attention on a missed block by Austin Corbett against the Giants but overall it continues to be one of the higher rated in the league.
- Darrell Henderson played in 39-percent of the snaps after getting 49-percent against the Bills in Week 3. Malcolm Brown’s snaps have been consistently in the majority at the position and that would seem to continue until Cam Akers is healthy.
- Not that it’s an issue right now but the Rams have gotten little from their rookie class in the early going. In some cases, it speaks well of the depth on the team. Akers, Jefferson, Jordan Fuller and Sam Sloman are the only players to really take part in any games on offense and defense. Akers was injured. Jefferson’s seen his opportunities decrease. Terrell Lewis is injured. Terrell Burgess is mostly working on special teams. Brycen Hopkins is inactive each week. Fuller is injured. Clay Johnston is on the practice squad. Tremayne Anchrum is usually inactive. This has simply be an observation, not commentary.
Defensive snap counts
- Taylor Rapp got all the snaps at strong safety again as the team awaits the return of Fuller from a shoulder injury. He was questionable headed into Week 4, can he get all the way back for Week 5?
- Micah Kiser played 44 snaps before leaving with injury. Troy Reeder’s 18 snaps were his first of the season on defense. Jachai Polite played in six snaps after only having two in the first three games.
- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Justin Hollins, Terrell Burgess, Sebastian Joseph and Greg Gaines also saw season high snap totals against the Giants. Samson Ebukam’s 21 snaps were a season low, as were Kenny Young’s 34. Not that it necessarily signals a change ahead, but in some cases it could.
- Morgan Fox got his second sack in as many games and has steadily played in about 37-percent of the snaps each week. He would be a breakout player on the defensive line if he continues at that pace.
- The special teams snaps are about as you see, with Burgess, Reeder and David Long leading the team in snaps on that side of things.