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Rams Stock Up, Stock Down heading into final stretch of the season

Kobie Turner’s stock is rising as Rams enter the final stretch of the season

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It’s hard to believe that we are heading down the final stretch of the 2023 NFL season. The Los Angeles Rams sit at 6-6 and right in the thick of the NFC Playoff race after winning three straight games. Here are some players who’s stock is going up and others who’s stock is falling as we move into the final five games of the season.

Stock Up: QB Matthew Stafford

Now, this isn’t to say that Mathew Stafford played poorly in the first half of the season, but he also wasn’t very efficient. Prior to the Rams’ bye week, Stafford ranked just 17th in EPA per dropback. His success rate ranked just 24th. While the ‘wow’ throws were there, he was inconsistent and inefficient as a passer.

However, that has changed over the last three weeks. Since the Rams came out of the bye, Stafford ranks eighth in EPA per dropback and sixth in success rate. The result has been a dangerous Rams offense that looks as good as it did at times in 2021. If the Rams can get this Stafford the rest of the year, they’ll be dangerous.

Stock Down: EDGE Byron Young

On the flip side, Byron Young has seemingly hit a bit of a rookie wall. Young hasn’t eclipsed more than two pressures since Week 7. He also remains inconsistent against the run. Cleveland’s touchdown that should have tied the game happened because Young crashed inside when he could have leaked out to the flat to cover the tight end.

Young still shows flashes, but it’s a good reminder of what he is as well. The Rams need to be able to pair him up with a top pass-rusher this offseason. They found a good player in the third-round, but he’s also not the star pass-rusher that they need.

Stock Up: DL Kobie Turner

It’s been nice to see Kobie Turner come into his own over the last few weeks. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he had his first multi-sack game. Turner followed that up with a 1.5 sack performance against the Browns. The rookie showed flashes early in the season and is now starting to put it all together.

Not enough can be said about how well Turner is player. The rookie out of Wake Forest ranks third in the NFL among rookie defensive linemen with 23 total pressures. He also leads all rookies sacks. While Turner has been noticeable as a pass-rusher, he’s also done very well against the run. “The Conductor” has 21 run stops according to PFF. The next closest rookie defensive lineman has 12. Turner is tied with Will Anderson for the most run stops this season among rookies.

Stock Down: K Lucas Havrisik

The Rams went out and signed Mason Crosby to their practice squad with the intention of bringing him up to the active roster. Simply put, as the margins get thinner, the Rams can’t afford misses from 43 yards.

Havrisik should be signed to the practice squad and be allowed to compete for the starting role next year. However, he’s just not the kicker that the Rams need right now. He still has a lot of work to do and needs coaching to fix his accuracy.

Stock Up: WR Demarcus Robinson

It feels like it’s been awhile since we’ve talked about Demarcus Robinson. Robinson signed with the Rams this offseason to add some veteran depth to their receiver room. It seemed as if almost every day in training camp, Robinson was making plays and grabbing the attention of the media.

Up until this point, Robinson has been pretty quiet. However, over the last few weeks he’s gotten more involved in the offense. He had four receptions for 55-yards and a touchdown against the Browns and should get more snaps moving forward. It’s also worth noting his work in the run game as a blocker. When the Rams traded Van Jefferson, they lacked a fourth wide receiver. Robinson gives them that and some more variety to work with.