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Rams News: Breakdown of Taylor Rapp’s first interception

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 10/18/21

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The Los Angeles Rams dominated the New York Giants on Sunday winning 38-11. While the offense put up five touchdowns and a field goal, the defense might steal the headlines as the unit put together an imposing performance causing four turnovers to the Rams.

One of the stars of that defensive performance was safety Taylor Rapp who came away with two interceptions. Here is a breakdown of the play that led to his first interception of the game.

The Giants line up in a shot gun, three by one, formation with three receivers split out to the right. The Rams match it with what appears at first to be a soft cover two shell with Robert Rochell and Donte Deayon on the outsides, Jalen Ramsey over the two receiver, Rapp over the three, and Jordan Fuller and Nick Scott as the two high safeties.

The route concept has the inside (three) receiver getting upfield to work between the safeties while the one and two receivers both work in cutting routes underneath.

On the snap, the coverage is zone based as Rapp initially passes off his man to the safeties and Ramsey doesn’t follow his receiver going on the under. Rams rush five which adds a degree of pressure so quarterback Daniel Jones can’t drop too deep or hold the ball.

Because of the soft coverage, the two underneath receivers are actually open, but when Jones sees Rapp come off his man, he decides to take the shot. What Jones doesn’t seem to account for is the fact that Rapp did pass off but did not bite hard enough on the underneath routes and Rapp seemed aware that his man would be a likely target especially when letting him go upfield. That part Rapp gets credit for given his film study or awareness.

But let’s give credit to the scheme for this last bit. The coverage was disguised as a cover two but its actually a cover three. It’s subtle given the timing of the play but on the snap, Fuller rolls high and Scott rolls down. What happens is when the target receiver gets upfield looking for that open area between two high safeties who are usually separating to their halves of the field, he has to adjust to Scott being the extra middle defender which causes him to shorten or stall his route, allowing Rapp to be in a favorable position for the interception.

Way to Rams Defense. Way to go Taylor Rapp!

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Robert Rochell and Taylor Rapp team up for three of the Rams’ four takeaways in win at Giants (Rams.com)

From the Podium: Sean McVay, Taylor Rapp, Cooper Kupp, Robert Rochell, and Matthew Stafford react to Week 6 win over Giants (Rams.com)

Sean McVay not satisfied with Rams offense despite season-high 38 points (RamsWire)

4 LA Rams who played large roles in Week 6 win (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

2021 NFL season, Week 6: What we learned from Sunday’s games (NFL.com)

Dak Prescott (calf) will undergo MRI, but not overly concerned (NFL.com)

Without coach Kliff Kingsbury, unbeaten Arizona Cardinals don’t miss a beat to down Cleveland Browns (ESPN)

Dan Campbell says Jared Goff, others need to ‘step up more’ for winless Detroit Lions (ESPN)