Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp stepped up against the New York Giants with two interceptions off quarterback Daniel Jones. Those two turnovers were half of the Rams four total takeaways of that game that helped them to win 38-11 in impressive fashion. Rapp was subsequently named the NFC defensive player of the week for the first time in his career.
If Rapp can continue to be disruptive in the underneath zones the way that he was against the Giants, he will certainly have a chance to add to his interception count in week seven against Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions and hopefully beyond.
However, the interceptions by Rapp in Week 6 wasn’t the only time he’s shown up on the stat sheet with an impactful play in the first six games of this season. He has also had a sack (credited as an assisted sack) against the Indianapolis Colts.
In this play, Rapp is lined up initially in a two high formation with Jordan fuller. Pre snap, Rapp rolls down indicating a possible blitz and Fuller rolls to a single high formation. On the snap Rapp does rush the passer off the edge along with four other rushers none of them named Aaron Donald or Justin Hollins (both active during that game). The play sets up five rushers on five blockers. The offensive line slides and leaves Rapp on the edge one on one with nine year veteran left tackle Eric Fisher who bodies up on Rapp pretty good on the initial rush. Rapp fails to turn the corner and instead uses a spin move to get around and past Fisher to make the sack.
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