It has been one week since the Rams lost off of Greg Zuerlein’s missed field goal attempt at the end of regulation. It still hurts. Some players had really good games and after a week to really think about the loss, it is becoming evident the Rams are a week-to-week team, even quarter-to-quarter this season. You don’t know what you are going to get from this Rams team and even when they have a good offensive game (versus Seahawks) they could just as easily lay an egg.
Stability is the issue for this team. Every week the players on my lists flip-flop and not one player have been on the rise two weeks in a row since week one. So, like every week so far into the 2019 season, my list drastically changes this week. Here are my stock up and stock down players, one week after Rams at Seahawks.
Gerald Everett, Tight End
Remember when Gerald Everett had his big game against the Kansa City Chiefs last year? This game was better. Everett out-snapped his tight end peer Tyler Higbee against the Seahawks and had double-digit catches and over 160 yards receiving to show for it. Everett is the better receiving tight end and he is a run-after-catch monster on the field, so the snap count really doesn’t surprise me. The offense needed G.E to go off and he produced. Can’t wait to see more from the Rams’ latest offensive star.
Jared Goff, Quarterback
Jared Goff had a great game in my eyes. JG led the team from down two touchdowns and had them in a position to win. If it weren’t for Greg Zuerlein’s missed game-winning field goal, the narrative on Goff would be flipped on its head. Goff leads the league in yards, and for all of the interceptions, he has thrown he ranks 9th in interception percentage. The problem with his season so far is the sheer volume of passes he is being asked to throw. Give Goff balance and he will be great.
Robert Woods, Wide Receiver
You never know which Rams wide receiver is going to go off, and against the Seahawks, Robert Woods was that guy. Every week at least one of the big three has over 1,000 yards and after week five, all three are on pace for 1,000 yards. Woods isn’t a surprise anymore. He and Cooper Kupp have been Jared Goff’s favorite targets on third down, and as Gerald Everett breaks out as the season goes along, don’t expect Woods to slow down.
Aqib Talib, Cornerback
Aqib Talib is done. Taib can still be the same captain and defensive leader on the field, but his athleticism and his effort look to be waning. A play that stood out to me was when Talib’s assignment was Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny. In this play, Talib played solid coverage, but when it came time to make a play he looked lost, and this play is only one example of this. Age in the secondary is going to be a problem that needs fixing. Jalen Ramsey anyone??
Eric Weddle, Safety
Speaking of age… Eric Weddle flashed some of it on Thursday. Weddle has been great so far as a Los Angeles Rams but he made his share of mistakes against the Seahawks. The big play to DK Metcalf was something we all blamed Marcus Peters for, but after the game Weddle blamed himself. He is still accountable, he is still an amazing captain, but e had a bad game. Don’t get too down on Eric Weddle. He is the engine that makes this defense go in the secondary.
Marcus Peters, Cornerback
Marcus Peters may not have been at fault for the big play from DK Metcalf, but I still came away unsatisfied with his performance against the Seahawks. The Rams are at a crossroads with their secondary, as almost all of the current starter could be gone by next season. Peters could very well be a part of that group that the Rams let walk and/or trade because after his game against the Seahawks. That game marks a couple of horrendous games from him this season. The rams don’t exactly have a history of extending corners either; Trumiane Johnson, EJ Gaines, and Janoris Jenkins all walked or were traded after above-average seasons with the team. Here’s to a successful rest of the season for Marcus Peters as a Ram, even if it is his last.
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