Los Angeles Rams: Week 2 Stock Up, Stock Down vs. Saints

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, right, catches a pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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The Los Angeles Rams got a dominant win over the New Orleans Saints in week 2 of the NFL season. We all knew that was happening though. What we didn’t know was who was going to shine and who was going to play poorly. Now we do know, and I’m here to tell you. This is stock up, stock down versus the Saints.

STOCK UP:

John Johnson III, Safety

John Johnson’s main assignment in this week’s game versus the Saints was Jared Cook. He had this same assignment against the raiders in week one of last year. This week, Johnson dominated that matchup and more, getting an interception and some big tackles. The Rams defense as a whole held the Saints without a touchdown and after Drew Brees left the game with a hand injury, Johnson and safety-mate Eric Weddle kept Teddy Bridgewater in-check. Johnson is quickly becoming the best player in the Los Angeles Rams’ secondary, and against the Saints he proved it. 

Taylor Rapp, Safety/Linebacker

Hey look, another John Johnson! Is it too soon to crown Taylor Rapp Eric Weddle’s successor and the Rams’ latest draft gem? I don’t think so. Rapp is a sure tackler and an athletic playmaker who flashed his best abilities at the Coliseum against the Saints. The play that made me think, “this is our next star” was his pass break-up while covering Jared Cook. The rook is playing like a veteran, the way a future star would. 

Jared Goff, Quarterback

Jared Goff didn’t have a good start to this game against the Saints once again. In the second half, #myQB outplayed Teddy Bridgewater and made the throws that we all know he can make. Goff finished 19/28 for 283 yards with a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown. With around a 112 quarterback rating, Goff played well. Austin Blythe got hurt and the pressure came on, but Goff came back in the second half and got two touchdowns and some really good rhythm plays. 

Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver 

COOPER KUPP!!!! 5 catches for 120 yards for the golden boy against the Saints and it wasn’t even surprising. In week two, Kupp was the Rams’ best receiver, even in a game when Jared Goff didn’t try to force-feed him. This wasn’t a coming out for Kupp, but it was more of a “look at me, I’m a pro-bowler” type of performance. Against Cleveland, I’d expect more of the same, dominant, Kupp. 

STOCK DOWN: 

Rob Havenstein, Right Tackle

Rob Havenstein wasn’t his normal self against Cameron Jordan. Hold after hold and pressure after pressure for Jordan really confused me: isn’t Rob supposed to be our second-best offensive lineman? This was rare, but Havenstein played like a rookie and got beaten up against one of the games best veterans in Jordan. He has another tough assignment next week as well against Myles Garrett and that Browns defensive line, let’s see if he bounces back. 

Jamil Demby, Guard

After Austin Blythe went down with an ankle injury, I thought the game was over. Jamil Demby lived up to my expectations of him: he was terrible. The team as a whole played great in the second half but Jamil Demby didn’t get the memo. It’s expected but at the same time disappointing. Let us all pray for Austin Blythe’s continued health for his sake and ours. 

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