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Rams News: Taylor Rapp is off to a productive start in 2021

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 10/23/21

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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.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Week 7 Preview: Matthew Stafford feeling at home as Rams welcome Lions to SoFi Stadium (Rams.com)

Terrell Lewis is maximizing opportunities, but more focused on the plays he should have made (Rams.com)

Aaron Donald has been texting Jared Goff: ‘I told him I’m gonna come after him’ (RamsWire)

Los Angeles Rams vs Detroit Lions Hype Video || Stafford vs Goff || Week 7 || NFL (Youtube)

NFL NEWS:

Cardinals’ offensive vision finally coming to fruition; two post-hype breakouts (NFL.com)

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa is our quarterback (NFL.com)

Problematic Jon Gruden emails may be ‘more common’ than thought, congressman says (ESPN)

Jimmy Garoppolo returns, but Trey Lance, Javon Kinlaw, Maurice Hurst all out Sunday for San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)