One of the biggest over-arching themes across the NFL landscape is how the lack of a preseason schedule will affect the numerous rookies on each of the 32 teams. When it comes to the LA Rams, who expect to have one or more rookies see significant time in the secondary this year, it’s easy to understand why some in the fan base would be worried.
But they shouldn’t. At least, that’s how Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox feels.
“After finishing the 2019 season ranked a respectable 12th in pass defense, the Los Angeles Rams didn’t focus too much on upgrading the secondary. They did, however, draft safety Terrell Burgess in the third round and safety Jordan Fuller in the sixth.”
“While the young safety duo might not be expected to start in the regular season, they’re making quick work of the leap from virtual offseason to first NFL training camp.”
“They must have come from good college programs or high school, whatever it is, but they came in ready to go,” veteran safety John Johnson said in one of their latest Zoom conference calls. “Great athletes, you can move them around, so I’m excited for their future.”
Most eyes have been focused on Burgess who joined the Rams as one of the draft’s most well-rounded players at the position. He can play on the back end and in the slot with equal efficiency. It also helps that he’s very much willing and able to help out in run support. That’s the type of player coaches want on the field early and often. As of now, it’s certainly looking like Burgess will check the box for “early” while time will tell if the “often” comes soon after.
Now for today’s links.
Are Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey the best rush-cover duo in the league? (TheRams.com)
Cameron DaSilva discusses how John Wolford’s lack of experience isn’t a worry to the Rams (The Rams Wire)
DC Brandon Staley doesn’t think the Rams’ rookies are at a disadvantage without a preseason (The Rams Wire)
Josh Weinfuss details how QB Kyler Murray added mass but stayed fast this offseason (ESPN)
Football Outsiders lists the best and worst quarterbacks at being accurate, aggressive and valuable (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora discusses seven QB competitions to monitor in training camp (CBS Sports)
Ryan Wilson talks the 2021 draft prospects affected the most by no 2020 CFB season (CBS Sports)
Maurice Moton predicts this year’s breakout fantasy stars at the running back position (Bleacher Report)