After a heartbreaking Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Rams head back home to take on the woeful New York Giants. In a game where the good guys are 13-point favorites, this one shouldn’t be as challenging for LA. Still, anything can happen in the NFL, on any given Sunday. With that being said, let’s take a look at 5 Rams to keep an eye on this weekend. As I do this series each week, I try to pick out different players that I haven’t already highlighted in previous articles. Obviously, players like Aaron Donald and Jared Goff are ones to watch every week, but I want to share the love among everyone.
DL Morgan Fox
The Rams this year have failed to generate a pass rush outside of Aaron Donald, and it’s been a big issue for this defense. While he won’t instantly fix all of the problems with the pass rush, Morgan Fox needs more playing time. Despite being a backup and not playing nearly as much as the starters (only played 73/205 snaps), Fox is tied for 3rd on the team in pressures (6) through 3 games. Fox was one of LA’s best players last weekend, earning an 81.1 game grade per PFF in the loss to Buffalo. The Rams aren’t getting much production elsewhere, so why not turn to Fox? Against a poor NYG offensive line, expect Fox to get more playing time and make a name for himself.
K Sam Sloman
Sloman’s NFL career has gotten off to a shaky start. The rookie from Miami (OH) has hit on just 4/6 field goals, and 9/10 PATs. He missed his only field-goal attempt last week in Buffalo, albeit from 53 yards out. Since being named the starter, Sloman hasn’t lived up to his billing. Rams fans are yearning for consistency from the rookie, but it’s still very early into his career. A low-pressure game (as many predict) should be a good spot for Sloman to build up some confidence.
CB Darious Williams
3 weeks into the NFL season, Darious Williams looks like a very good running mate for Jalen Ramsey. Williams has been one of the top corners in the league in terms of passer rating allowed.
Among all cornerbacks with 10+ targets on the season, Darious Williams is allowing the fourth-lowest passer rating in his coverage (49.1) and Jalen Ramsey is allowing the 12th-fewest yards in his coverage (86), per @PFF.— Sosa K (@QBsMVP) October 1, 2020
The duo has been every bit as good as advertised.
This week, he’ll be going up against a Giants receiving core that isn’t exactly among the league’s best. Darious Slayton is a fine young player, but he’ll likely draw Jalen Ramsey on the outside. Golden Tate is a crafty veteran, but he mostly plays in the slot and will match up against Troy Hill. Williams will likely square off against C.J. Board, who has just 6 catches and 58 receiving yards this season. He’s not exactly Michael Gallup, John Brown or Amari Cooper, who Williams has already lined up against this year.
WR Cooper Kupp
After a relatively quiet start to the season, Cooper Kupp finally broke out with a 9/107/1 stat line as the Rams almost secured a 28-3 comeback. He now faces a fantastic matchup against the New York Giants, who have allowed 519 total yards and 5 total TDs to opposing WRs in 3 games this year. The Giants simply don’t have the skill to contain Kupp and fellow WR Robert Woods. Kupp should feast against this secondary on Sunday.
RB Darrell Henderson
After another great effort by Henderson, the former Memphis draft choice is looking like what everyone thought he would coming out of college. Henderson ranks as PFF’s #1 graded RB through 3 weeks, and he’s not going anywhere. With Cam Akers set to miss this week again, Henderson should get the majority of the carries in the LA backfield. He has 195 rushing yards and 2 TDs (on 6.1 YPC) in his last 2 games, as well as 3 catches for 46 yards. Again, in a game where the Rams should be playing from ahead and running it often, Henderson can easily top the 100-yard mark for the second straight week.