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  • NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

    Rams surrendered a 5th rounder to move from 44 to 41 and take their hard hitting DB!

    STRENGTHS: Despite his smaller frame, Joyner plays like he's 6-2 and 225 pounds, hitting like a truck in run support. He has bounced between safety and cornerback, showing NFL scouts his versatility to help out anywhere in the secondary.

    Aggressive striker who only knows how to play full-speed, showing excellent timing to make plays on the ball. Plays fast with natural acceleration to go from 0 to 60 in a flash, displaying impressive closing burst. Possesses the build of a running back and loves to deliver punishing hits with his violent playing style. He also adds value as a kick returner and looks natural as a ballcarrier.

    Excellent awareness and instincts with quick diagnosis skills as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties.

    WEAKNESSES: Though he plays with desirable aggression and intensity, he can be overaggressive at times, biting on fakes and allowing receivers to gain a step. While playing with no fear, does lack ideal size for safety. Where will his ideal position prove to be in the NFL?

    --Dane Brugler

    Discuss it here!


  • #2
    Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

    Is Sosa our GM? LOL

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    • #3
      Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

      Another one of my favourite players in this draft. Joyner was pointed out to me and I immediately fell in love with his tape. Joyner is tough and sticks his nose in the ball. Always around the ball making plays. This guy is going to be REAL good.

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      • #4
        Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

        Rams trade up to 41 to take LaMarcus Joyner
        Posted by Darin Gantt on May 9, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT

        The Rams just couldn’t resist making a move.

        After standing pat last night and improving both lines with Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, they traded up to the 41st overall pick tonight for cornerback LeMarcus Joyner.

        The pick originally belonged to the Bills, who got a fifth-rounder to move back three spots.

        Joyner will play corner, but has the versatility to play inside or as a safety in nickel.

        He’s undersized (5-foot-8), but a hard hitter and a four-year starter who will add some edge to the Rams defense (such that they need it).

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        • #5
          Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

          Originally posted by cfh128 View Post
          Is Sosa our GM? LOL
          LOL! That's Mr. GM, to you. Hahah!

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          • #6
            Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

            So is Joyner going to play nickel or are we looking for a lot of versatile players who can play multiple positions?

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            • #7
              Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

              I have no problem at all with that pick. Need meets value. We need both corner and safety, and if he can play a bit of both, all the better. My #1 thing for tonight and tomorrow is that i hope coach and snead use our picks to trade up to get what they really want. None of us are expert enough to really know who that right guy is, but if you have confidence in the guys running the team, then you want them to be aggressive in going after what they really want, especially with the extra picks we have.

              Meanwhile, SOSA, please provide all of us with tomorrow's winning lottery ticket numbers, since your psychic powers are truly extraordinary.

              Ramming speed to all

              general counsel

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              • #8
                Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

                Joyner: "I'm a defensive back. I don't like to limit myself. I'll play corner. I'll play nickle. I'll play safety."

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                • #9
                  Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

                  Agreed GC I hope the only 6th and 7th round picks we use are the comp picks that we can't trade. Keep moving up if there's somebody you want we've focused the last two drafts on quantity lets get the quality here.
                  The restoration is complete!

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                  • #10
                    As I said before, first round football player, third round body. No complaints. He may lose some jump balls, but he'll make some big plays too. Obviously, the Rams really liked him, as they traded up to get him.

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                    • #11
                      Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

                      I like this...

                      First thing we did to improve our defense was to fire Tim Walton.
                      Second thing we did was to hire Gregg Williams.
                      Third, we drafted Donald.
                      Now, we have Joyner.

                      Why do I have this feeling that we will have THE best D in the NFL? And why do I feel like the Rams defense will be the reason there will be new rules considered next offseason?
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                      RAMS!

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                      • #12
                        Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

                        They should have taken Jordan Matthews. He's going to make us regret passing on him, just like Alshon Jeffery.

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                        • #13
                          Our CBs: Johnson, Jenkins and Joyner. J Crew!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RamsFanSam View Post
                            I like this...

                            First thing we did to improve our defense was to fire Tim Walton.
                            Second thing we did was to hire Gregg Williams.
                            Third, we drafted Donald.
                            Now, we have Joyner.

                            Why do I have this feeling that we will have THE best D in the NFL? And why do I feel like the Rams defense will be the reason there will be new rules considered next offseason?
                            Yes, that's quite a bounty!

                            Err... wrong word. Never mind. Nothing to see here!

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                            • #15
                              Re: NFL DRAFT: With 41st pick, Rams select LAMARCUS JOYNER (DB, FSU)

                              I'm not mad at that, could be a Bob Sanders Type

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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Rams Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner Says He's 'Light Years' Ahead Of Last Year
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner says he's 'light years' ahead of last year

                                Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

                                EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Lamarcus Joyner came to the St. Louis Rams with high expectations for himself in 2014.

                                As a rookie projected to help at nickel cornerback, Joyner had every intention of stepping in and contributing right away. He'd come to St. Louis as a second-round pick from national champion Florida State and figured the adjustment would be tough but not too tough to overcome. He was wrong.

                                "Definitely a humbling experience for me, both on the field, off the field, just a lot of things that come in this league," Joyner said. "Just adapting, learning the system. Coming from a successful year at the college level and you think you know everything and you just need to get adjusted."

                                Like most rookies, Joyner didn't know what he didn't know. He found himself pressing too hard to make things happen and often got caught out of position. He picked up six penalties in 10 games, including a costly pass interference in a narrow week 3 loss to Dallas.

                                After playing the nickel for eight of the first nine games, Joyner suffered a groin injury that kept him out for a few weeks. When he returned, E.J. Gaines had staked a claim to the nickel job and Joyner didn't play again until the final two weeks of the season and that only happened because Gaines suffered a concussion in Week 16.

                                All told, Joyner finished with 37 tackles, a sack, two pass breakups and a healthy dose of disappointment. So he entered this offseason in search of ways to eliminate mistakes and stake his claim to a more permanent role.

                                Apparently, Joyner's efforts have worked as he says coaches and teammates have taken notice of his improvement.

                                "I definitely feel good but two witnesses are better than one, you know what I’m saying?" Joyner said. "So it doesn’t matter what I think. It’s about the organization.

                                "From the words of the coaches, [it's] 'light years.' I feel good, I feel like I’m there mentally which is the most important part at this level. I’m already blessed with the God-given physical ability so I’m pretty caught up."

                                During organized team activities (OTAs), Joyner says he feels like he's been doing more reacting than thinking, the sign of a player who has a better handle on what he's doing within the confines of the scheme. He also find himself firmly back in the mix to win the team's nickel corner job.

                                "Wherever my coaches need me, I am to the point where I know a little more about the defense so nickel corner, safety, next man up is our philosophy," Joyner said.

                                Joyner doesn't appear to have any direct competition for that nickel corner role but that could shift if the Rams decide to bump Gaines inside with Trumaine Johnson...
                                -06-18-2015, 02:12 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Lamarcus Joyner Jumps Into Nickel Job With Something To Prove
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Lamarcus Joyner jumps into nickel job with something to prove

                                Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

                                EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For as long as he can remember, football came easy to St. Louis Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. Until last season.

                                The 2014 season just so happened to be not only Joyner's toughest year in football but also his rookie season in the NFL. That the two are one in the same is no coincidence.

                                "It definitely was," Joyner said. "For a guy like myself who you are talking about little league, high school, college had success then had to come to the league and you see that everybody is just as good as you. It's not just 'I'm gonna go tie up my shoes on Sunday and compete.' You have to really prepare and [make] each day count. I didn't understand that coming into this game. It's a continuation of what I have to do to learn in this game."

                                Little more than halfway through this preseason, Joyner must now hurry that process along. After losing cornerback E.J. Gaines for the season because of a foot injury, Joyner is no longer competing for the team's nickel corner job. It's his.

                                "He's going to be our inside guy," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's improving every day. He's light years ahead of where he was last year. It was all happening really fast and it's starting to slow down for him. When he knows exactly what to do, he does it very well. We're counting on him to be effective in the slot, which means as a third corner, you're probably going to play 50-60 percent of our snaps."

                                That Joyner is stepping into that role is really no surprise considering the Rams traded up in the second round in the 2014 draft to select him. In an ideal world, he would have embraced the role last season but a combination of mental miscues and injury issues kept him from solidifying that spot.

                                As a rookie, Joyner played 10 games and 263 snaps, finishing with 37 tackles, one sack, a pair of pass breakups and six penalties for 41 yards. He was the team's primary slot corner for eight of the first nine games before a groin injury kept him out a few weeks. By the time he returned, Gaines had taken over in the slot with Trumaine Johnson handling outside corner duties when the Rams used their nickel package.

                                When Joyner went back to watch the film in the offseason, he couldn't believe what he saw.

                                "It was a disgrace, personally for me," Joyner said. "If I don't owe anyone, I owe myself better than what I was putting on tape out there so I didn't want to look like that guy anymore. So I went and got my mental aspect of the game better."

                                Joyner's brutal honesty with himself let him know that it wasn't about being faster, stronger or more athletic than everyone else. His film study led him to the conclusion everyone in the NFL is a good athlete with those physical...
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                              • MauiRam
                                Rams' Joyner making progress going into Year 2
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                                ST. LOUIS — Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner described his rookie season as a “humbling experience” after the team’s OTA session on Thursday.
                                “Definitely a humbling experience for me, both on the field, off the field — there’s just a lot of things that come with this league,” he said.

                                The Rams’ second-round pick (No. 41 overall) in 2014 out of Florida State, the diminutive defensive back failed to make much of an impact for the team during his debut season.

                                Drafted to man the nickel cornerback position in Gregg Williams’ aggressive defense, Joyner finished with 48 tackles, three passes defensed, one sack and one quarterback pressure in 10 games.

                                Joyner struggled early on, came on after a slow start but was then sidelined by an injury. He returned for the final two games.

                                What was the hardest part about his rookie campaign?

                                “Just adapting. Just learning the system. Just coming from a successful year at the college level and you think you know everything and you’re just on the wrong path, you need to get adjusted,” Joyner said. “Coach (Gregg) Williams was a great example of molding me out of that and molding me into the young man I am now.”

                                What the 5-foot-8, 184-pound defensive back is now is a player who is far more aware of what he is doing in the Rams’ defensive scheme, a player fighting for snaps among the team’s cornerbacks and a player who has earned some praise for his play so far during OTAs.

                                “I feel like my approach is different and that’s probably coming from the more understanding I have, the more wisdom I have and just knowing what I’m doing,” Joyner said. “Instead of running out there like a blind dog in a meat house and you don’t know which way to go, I know what I’m doing, so now I can pretty much contribute to the defense.”

                                How much different does Joyner feel now within the defense than he was a year ago as a rookie second-round pick? Joyner said the coaches have used the words “light years” to describe the difference.

                                “I feel great, I feel like I’m settled in, I’m there mentally, which is the most important part at this level,” Joyner said. “I’m already blessed with the God-given physical ability, so I’m pretty caught up.”

                                Joyner said he is now at the point where is able to react to what is unfolding instead of having to think about what he should do.

                                He’s come a long way over the past year, a period of time with plenty of ups and downs for the second-round pick who helped Florida State win a national championship in his final season with the Seminoles.

                                Joyner took some time after his rookie season to reflect and refocus.

                                “I definitely got away and had to refocus and ask myself what it is about this game that makes me want to come to work every day and I came to the realization that I still love football,”...
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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner breaks toe, plays anyway, shines
                                by r8rh8rmike
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                                THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- It was early in the second quarter last Monday, in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, when Lamarcus Joyner's left foot suddenly fell asleep. The third-year cornerback finished the Los Angeles Rams' stand on defense, then walked gingerly toward the sideline and noticed that his second toe would not move.

                                He knew then that it was broken, but he also knew that no one else would.

                                "I didn’t really want to say anything to anyone because I knew the defense was depending on me," Joyner said. "We didn’t have anyone else that ran nickel throughout the week, so I knew I just had to be accountable for the defense. I just kept my mouth closed and kept playing."

                                Joyner finished that game, then played in the next one six days later, a 9-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks that was driven almost entirely by a supreme defensive effort. With a broken toe, the 5-foot-8, 184-pound Joyner matched up against the great Russell Wilson and was ultimately rated the best slot corner of Week 2 by Pro Football Focus. He spent 35 snaps in the slot, third-most in the NFL, and allowed only three catches for 18 yards on six targets.

                                Joyner didn't even bother with a splint.

                                "I just strapped on my cleats and I played, man," he said. "I knew that was an important game for us."

                                Joyner thought back to 2014, when the Rams moved up in the draft to select him 41st overall out of Florida State.

                                "All that kind of stuff just ran through my mind," Joyner said. "This organization made a lot of sacrifices for me so that I could fight through something like this if I'm able to still go."

                                Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Joyner's toughness was "why we drafted him." The pain, Joyner said, was "bad" throughout Sunday's game. But secondary coach Dennard Wilson talked him through it.

                                ‘Every time he said, ‘We need you,’ it just gave me the strength," Joyner said. "It gave me the strength to fight through the pain."

                                Joyner plans to play again against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He'll be returning to his home state, 280 miles north of his hometown of Miami and 160 miles east of his college campus. Family will be there, but he doesn't anticipate spending much time with them.

                                "This is a business trip," he said.

                                Joyner has "no doubt" he will continue to play through his broken toe.

                                "It’s getting better," he said. "We have the best training staff, I think, out of all 32 teams. [Head athletic trainer Reggie Scott] and...
                                -09-21-2016, 09:52 AM
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