This 12 months’s battle for Los Angeles has become a disproportionate competitors. chargers Simply defeated the Rams 31-10 at SoFi Stadium. In previous years, the Rams offense has dominated the Chargers. However this 12 months was completely different. The Rams were retaken by poor draft picks, and the effect was gradually added to their performance on the field. this 12 months. One draft decide that’s beginning to emerge, nonetheless, is the 2020 fourth spherical Brycen Hopkins. What impact does it have now? And is she able to be an anthem for him? LA Coaches?
To get an concept of the efficiency and route of the squad, Professional Soccer Focus (PFF) rated all of the gamers within the Week 17 competitors. I’ll give a weekly evaluation/score utilizing the PFF grades and the attention take a look at of watching the match.
Weekly Word: Word for the corresponding week
Season Rank: Grade for place all through the season
Development: The route of the placement group from final week to this week
*Denotes a High 3 participant within the place*
Baker Mayfield: 52.9 (-0.5), John Wolford: 40.0 (INSIDE), Bryce Perkins: 60.0 (DNP), Matthew Stafford: 67.0 (IR)
Baker Mayfield could not do a lot. He completed the sport 11/19 132 yards. Brandon Staley’s Chargers protection was phenomenal towards the move, however regardless of how effectively the Rams ran the ball, Mayfield nonetheless wasn’t capable of transfer the chains successfully.
Mayfield’s two greatest misses have been a lightweight knockdown with a move by Cam Akers and a deep move to Tutu Atwell.
Week 17 Word: D-, Season Score: D+, Circulate: Slight to Medium
Glass Akers: 80.0 (+4.0), Girne Williams: 67.2 (-0.9), Malcolm Brown: 62.5 (+0.9), Ronnie Rivers: 64.6 (DNP)
Akers notched a second consecutive 100+ fast-yard recreation with a complete of 123 yards in simply 19 innings. His longest run was 42 yards. On prime of that, Akers appears to have taken rust safety to coronary heart. McVay locations a excessive worth on again runs that may go up within the passing recreation. In Week 1, Akers appeared misplaced in her homework. Within the seventeenth week, he not solely tied the Akers block, but in addition ended it along with his authority…
Akers’ solely flaw towards the Chargers was a drop to go for a simple 59 yard landing…
Regardless of the drop, it was good to see him come again with a strong efficiency.
Week 17 Word: A-, Season Score: B, Circulate: Slight Up
Van Jefferson: 66.6 (+3.5), Tutu Atwell: 71.8 (-3.0), Brandon Powell: 68.0 (-2.4), Lance McCutcheon: 47.8 (+0.2), Austin Trammell: 64.6 (-0.2), Cooper Kupp: 86.3 (IR), Allen RobinsonII: 65.8 (IR), Bennet Skowronek: 57.2 (IR), Jacob Harris: 73.7 (IR)
Vast receivers caught solely six passes. Van Jefferson had half of the receptions and greater than half of the welcome pitches (77).
Tutu Atwell (84% offensive snap) caught two receptions (5 objectives) for 10 yards. Baker Mayfield simply missed Tutu 50+ yards deep down the sector.
Brandon Powell (76% offensive snaps) made a three-yard catch and a six-yard carry.
The Rams extensive receivers are enormous in dimension with Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson II and Ben Skowronek within the IR, so I am not stunned the Rams passing recreation took successful to complete the 12 months…
Week 17 Word: C-, Season Score: C+, Circulate: Pure
Tyler Higbee: 62.3 (-0.9), Brycen Hopkins: 65.6 (+1.9)
Brycen Hopkins (39% offensive snaps) is beginning to pull himself collectively as a purchaser and blocker. Apart, he threw a lock block that allowed Akers to run 42 yards…
As well as, Brycen Hopkins had a unbelievable attain and panning on a 21-yard reception.
I believe Hopkins could be a fantastic candidate to offer the Rams a small three-year extension this summer time. It is about three years outdated for $12-15 million. With Tyler Higbee and Brycen Hopkins turning into free brokers after the 2023 season, the Rams must strengthen their robust finish place. The Rams clearly need to maintain Hopkins, the youthful of the 2. Deploying this extension provides little threat and excessive reward potential. If Hopkins turns into TE1 and takes over the manufacturing of Higbee, the Rams fill the center of their roster on an affordable contract.
Week 17 Word: D+, Season Score: D+, Circulate: Slight Down
Ty Nsekhe: 70.9 (-0.9), Matt Skura: 50.4 (-0.7), Coleman Shelton: 55.3 (+0.7), Chandler Brewer: 55.6 (-11.0), Oday Abushi: 65.2 (DNP), Rob Havenstein: 73.2 (+0.3), AJ Arcuri: 47.7 (DNP), Robert Thomas: 60.0 (DNP), Jeremiah Colon: 36.1 (PS), Joe’s Pocket book: 67.0 (IR), Tremayne Anchrum: 60.0 (IR), Alaric Jackson: 64.1 (IR), David Edwards: 58.2 (IR), Brian Allen: 63.8 (IR)
The development within the working recreation can’t be ignored. LA is dealing with the ball a lot better within the ultimate month of the season. Actually, the Rams averaged simply 95.7 yards/recreation in 2021. They’re at present sitting at 94.7 yards/recreation in 2022. So with Nsekhe, Skura, Shelton, Brewer/Aboushi and Havenstein. Think about what a revamped offensive line might accomplish.
Regardless of the enhancements to the working recreation, move safety points nonetheless exist. The inside remains to be lagged behind by the heavier and stronger defenders. The place precisely did the sacks come from:
Nsekhe – 2 sacks
Skura – 3 sacks
Shelton – 3 sacks
Abushi – 2 sacks
Beer – 0 sacks
Havenstein – 6 sacks
Pocket book – 5 sacks
Jackson – 1 sack
Edwards – 3 sacks
Allen – 4 sacks
Evans – 7 sacks
The primary issues got here from the left aspect of the scrimmage line (Noteboom, Edwards, Evans, Skura and Allen). I see a whole lot of points with the left guard and middle positions of the Rams. Nobody dealt with communication and stunts effectively. It should be one thing McVay is taking a look at this low season.
Week 17 Word: C-, Season Score: D+, Circulate: Slight Down
HC (Sean McVay)
There is not a lot to inform right here for the top coach. He made constructive modifications as he used 12 extra workers and recruited extra younger Tutu Atwell and Brycen Hopkins. He had a relentless name for working video games and allowed Cam Akers to construct rhythm and momentum. On the similar time, with the quantity of change this 12 months, McVay hasn’t been capable of dig deep into the playbook with Baker Mayfield and the exhausted extensive receiver group.
One of many issues I need to see from McVay is thrashing his assistants. He holds the document for shedding to Shanahan (5-8), Taylor (2-0), Staley (0-1), and LaFleur (0-3).
Week 17 Word: C+, Season Score: C+, Circulate: Pure
For an outline of the Los Angeles Rams roster, keep tuned within the subsequent 24 hours for Week 17 defensive PFF notes!
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