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Rams Stock up, stock down: Royce Freeman has earned RB2 role in offense

Royce Freeman has earned a role in the Rams offense when Kyren Williams returns

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The Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks to end a three-game losing streak in Week 10. One of the reasons for the win was Royce Freeman who took over in the run game during the fourth quarter. The performance gives some reason for optimism as Kyren Williams re-joins the lineup this week against the Arizona Cardinals. Here is this week’s stock up, stock down.

Stock up: RB Royce Freeman

There have been moments where Royce Freeman looks like the running back that was drafted out of Oregon in the third-round since the Rams signed him. Sunday against the Seahawks may have been his best game as he average over four yards per carry. His three-yard run on 3rd-and-2 in the fourth quarter may have been the play of the game.

Freeman has earned a role behind Kyren Williams. It would not be surprising to see the Rams split carries between the two to try and keep Williams fresh and hopefully healthy. This could end up being a pretty fun duo to watch.

Stock Down: WR Cooper Kupp

For whatever reason the Rams offense just seems better without Cooper Kupp. The offense finally got going in the second half without Kupp on the field. That doesn’t mention his drop on a free play that would have ended in a touchdown. Some difficult conversations may need to be had regarding Kupp this offseason.

The fact of matter is, Kupp is a player that has struggled to stay healthy. He tore his ACL as a rookie and then missed half of the season last year. Kupp began the year on IR and then go hurt again last week. He's an important piece of the offense, but the Rams and McVay need to figure out how to get all three wide receivers complementing each other.

Stock Up: CB Derion Kendrick

Sunday against the Seahawks may have been Kendrick’s best game as a Ram. As per usual it started off rough and certainly had its ups and down. However, Kendrick made some of the biggest plays of the game on defense. He allowed just two receptions on five targets for 12 yards when covering DK Metcalf.

Additionally, Kendrick had the game-changing interception in the fourth quarter on a pass targeted by Drew Lock to Tyler Lockett. The Rams offense would then go down the field and kick the game-winning field goal. Kendrick brings an attitude and short memory that you like in a starting cornerback. After effectively being benched, Kendrick responded in a positive way.

Stock Down: QB Matthew Stafford

After returning to the field from his thumb injury, Stafford certainly struggled in moments. He ranked 27th in the NFL in EPA + CPOE composite score. His completion percentage over expectation finished ahead of only Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle.

Stafford had missed to Darrell Henderson and Kupp that he’d certainly like to have back. There were times when he hesitated on pulling the trigger and missed check downs to Davis Allen. Stafford performed better in the fourth quarter, but the Rams expect more from their starting quarterback.

Stock Up: P Ethan Evans

There was some concern about Evans coming into the regular season. He always had a big leg, but had a tendency to out kick his coverage. Evans has gotten better as the season as gone on and won his first Special Teams Player of the Week Award.

Evans ranked third in the NFL in net yards per attempt and his 52.6 yards per attempt ranked fifth. He had a long of 65 yards and joins Puka Nacua and Byron Young as players to win weekly awards this season.