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Rams Pro Football Focus tidbits heading into Week 3

Pro Football Focus (PFF) has a team of more than 300 staffers evaluating every NFL play from the Hall of Fame game to the Super Bowl. After each game, players, as well as each team's offensive, defensive and special teams units, are graded on a scale of 0 to 100; the closer a player or unit is to 100, the better. A full explanation of their evaluation process can be found here for additional context.

Here's a look at some of the noteworthy Rams-centric assessments based on PFF's evaluations through the first two weeks of the season.
GOFF IS SHARP OVER THE MIDDLE, PERFORMING BETTER AGAINST BLITZES

PFF breaks up its passing direction charts in three parts: Outside Left, Between Numbers and Outside Right. Between Numbers, or the middle of the field, is where Rams QB Jared Goff has had the most success.

According to PFF, Goff has completed 25 of 34 passes between the numbers, good for a completion percentage of 73.5. He was 13 of 17 in the same category against the Saints.

Goff also fared better against the blitz in Week 2 with a passing grade of 82.7 in that category compared to 57.7 in Week 1. He was 6 for 6 and gained 120 of his 283 passing yards when New Orleans blitzed last Sunday.


IF HIGBEE IS UNAVAILABLE, EVERETT SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE FILLING IN

Head coach Sean McVay said earlier this month that versatility at the tight end position is critical to what the Rams want to do on offense. Tight ends must make plays in the pass game, be able to compete on the line of scrimmage in the run game and do some different things in terms of protection. Tyler Higbee's ability do those things on all three downs is what makes him valuable to that unit, according to McVay.

Higbee, L.A.'s starting tight end, is currently day-to-day with a lung contusion. If he is unable to play against the Rams, Pro Football Focus' recent evaluations suggest Gerald Everett will be able to seamlessly take his place.

Everett graded out as the Rams' second-best pass-blocker and run-blocker against the Saints. He also posted the second-highest offensive grade out of the eight L.A. receivers targeted by Goff.

RAPP LIVING UP TO REPUTATION AS A RELIABLE TACKLER


Leading into the season-opener at Carolina, L.A. defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said safety Taylor Rapp is proving to be exactly the player the club thought he was when they chose him in the second round in this year's draft, praising his short-area quickness and tackling ability.

Both have been on display through the first two weeks of the season.

Rapp posted the fifth-best tackling grade of any Rams defensive player in Week 1, then followed it up with the third-highest mark in Week 2. He's also had the fourth-best coverage grade in each of Los Angeles' first two games.

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Injury Report 9/18: Aaron Donald, Malcolm Brown limited

Injury Report 9/18: Aaron Donald, Malcolm Brown limited

Rams DT Aaron Donald (back) and RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) were both limited participants in Wednesday's practice.

Donald's injury, sustained in Sunday's home-opener against the Saints, was classified by Rams head coach Sean McVay as an oblique on Monday. Donald briefly left the contest because of the setback but later returned.

Meanwhile, OL Austin Blythe (ankle) and TE Tyler Higbee (chest) did not participate as they work their way back from their respective injuries suffered against New Orleans. Their statuses remain day-to-day.

"Those guys (Higbee and Blythe) are making good progress," Rams head coach Sean McVay said. "They’re going to be day-to-day. We’re obviously going to be smart with them today and they’re just getting rehab and taking care of themselves. We’ll have a decision later on in the week with them."

Below are the full reports from both teams:

LOS ANGELES RAMS
OL Austin Blythe Ankle DNP
TE Tyler Higbee Chest DNP
RB Malcolm Brown Ankle Limited
DT Aaron Donald Back Limited

CLEVELAND BROWNS
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Hip Full
G Joel Bitonio Abdomen Limited
S Morgan Burnett Quad DNP
WR Rashard Higgins Knee Limited
RB Dontrell Hilliard Concussion Full
OL Chris Hubbard Foot DNP
LB Christian Kirksey Chest DNP
OL Kendall Lamm Knee DNP
TE David Njoku Concussion/Wrist DNP
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2
0
0
1.000
57
36
+21
1
1
0
2
W2
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2
0
0
1.000
49
46
+3
1
1
0
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2
0
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1.000
72
34
+38
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2
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1
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