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  • My not so mainstream Ram 2018 MVP's

    Yes, we have Goff, Gurley and Donald.....But I went another direction.....

    Offense playmaker

    Robert Woods......Right behind him even after injury is Cooper......

    OL

    Whitworth He leads by example........


    Defense

    John Johnson This guy just plays hard Honorable mention Littleton

    Special Teams

    Greg


    Last edited by macrammer; -12-31-2018, 01:42 PM.

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    How about the guy who writes all those enormous checks?

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    • #3
      Completely anecdotal on my part from the games I've been able to watch, but it seems like Johnson has really stepped up in the secondary. Makes me wonder, if given the choice between locking up Joyner or Johnson long term, whom the Rams would actually pick. Johnson still has two years on his deal, but I can't help but wonder if his eventual status is going to play into what the Rams think about resigning Joyner.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nick View Post
        Completely anecdotal on my part from the games I've been able to watch, but it seems like Johnson has really stepped up in the secondary. Makes me wonder, if given the choice between locking up Joyner or Johnson long term, whom the Rams would actually pick. Johnson still has two years on his deal, but I can't help but wonder if his eventual status is going to play into what the Rams think about resigning Joyner.
        If a choice needed to be made between Johnson and Joyner, I'd take Johnson in a heartbeat. The guy has been money all season. A future star.

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        • #5
          I don't disagree with any of the points about Johnson and the thoughts about signing him long term vs Joyner.

          The challenging question as I see it is do we sign Joyner or Peters or both this off-season. I would probably opt for Joyner, but CB is a more critical position than FS.

          Go Rams!

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          • #6
            Mac I agree with you. I think Whit has been a huge factor and I like Woods. I also would add Hodges, I know he hasn't had a lot of impact, but I think he is one to watch.
            "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

            Jack Youngblood

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MoonJoe View Post
              Mac I agree with you. I think Whit has been a huge factor and I like Woods. I also would add Hodges, I know he hasn't had a lot of impact, but I think he is one to watch.
              Moon, good stuff.....I also think we will see Littleton bloom. Leads the team in tackles and seems to be getting more comfortable in his role.......Noteboom is also perhaps a "waiting in wings" guy once Whit is done........

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              • #8
                Originally posted by macrammer View Post

                Moon, good stuff.....I also think we will see Littleton bloom. Leads the team in tackles and seems to be getting more comfortable in his role.......Noteboom is also perhaps a "waiting in wings" guy once Whit is done........
                Oh yeah, Noteboom too...I have faith in him as well.
                "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                Jack Youngblood

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