The former Florida Gator was considered a third-round talent to some in 2014 but he ended up going undrafted and signed as a UDFA with the Rams. Since then he has showed a tremendous amount of work ethic to make the team and not only that but he has made 25 appearances in regular season games.
Marcus Roberson has been one of my sleepers this offseason. I really like his game and think he has quality size to really be a force starting next to Trumaine Johnson. However, it appears Jeff Fisher and company don’t see that fit and it’s saddening to say the least. Ryan Kartje of the OC Register tweeted this about the cornerback competition.
Excuse me but what? You mean to tell me the UDFA who started in six games in relief for injured cornerback’s Johnson and E.J. Gaines isn’t even being looked at in the starting battle? Here’s my issue with that. Gaines didn’t play in 2015, Coty Sensabaugh hasn’t been that great by any means and Joyner was in the nickel last year when Roberson was flexed outside. So how did Roberson lose his spot completely? He apparently has no chance to start which I think is a mistake.
Now of course I am not in camp and I don’t see what the coaches see but it looked to me Roberson was turning into a stud and was working very hard this offseason to prepare. I like Joyner and Gaines don’t get me wrong and by all measure Joyner is winning the battle going into the preseason but I just don’t understand how Fisher didn’t even mention Roberson at all.
This is exactly what I was afraid of when the Rams not only signed Sensabaugh but overpaid him. Sensabaugh I’m sure is an absolute class act off the field based off what he and his wife did during their honeymoon (which if you didn’t know they delivered shoes to the needy). Here is the issue though, he just wasn’t worth the money (3-years/14.5 million dollars). I know Gregg Williams is familiar with him and he could very well prove me wrong but I thought it was the wrong move and pushed a young stud like Roberson out of the way.
Obviously this battle isn’t decided and it certainly isn’t the end for Roberson who should be a lock to make the team. It’s just frustrating to see a guy who could be a real good fit to play as a starting cornerback next to Johnson. That would be two guys above 6-feet tall. If you pick Joyner to start you get more explosive long speed and quickness but you lose the height factor same with Gaines but he’s a little taller than Joyner but slower. If you decide on Sensabaugh? He gives you solid size for the position, great athletic ability, veteran presence but lack of cover skills that has hurt him throughout his career.
Overall it should be a great battle through preseason but I feel like the coaches are leaning towards former 2nd-round pick out of Florida State — LaMarcus Joyner to be the starter moving forward. Expect Roberson to go out in preseason and prove the coaching staff that he belongs in the position battle.