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    Daily Dose: John Johnson among DBs ready to break out in 2019
    Friday, Jun 28, 2019 09:45 AM
    Myles Simmons

    Each weekday, will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Friday, June 28 about your Los Angeles Rams.


    Recording 119 total tackles, four interceptions, 11 passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 2018, Rams safety John Johnson was arguably a Pro Bowl snub last year. But after a playoff performance that included a key interception in the NFC Championship game, NFL Media’s Gil Brandt has put Johnson on his list of breakout candidates at defensive back for the 2019 season.

    From Brandt: Johnson's name came to mind right away when I first started working on this piece. He really blossomed in 2018, logging 119 tackles and four interceptions -- and that total doesn't include the pick he recorded against Drew Brees in overtime of the NFC title game to set up the winning kick. I'm expecting Johnson to advance again in 2019 and join the ranks of elite NFL safeties. One of the reasons to feel good about him is the Rams' addition of veteran safety Eric Weddle, who can serve as an important mentor. Johnson also appears to have an exceptional ability to find the ball -- he's one of those guys who seems to know where the ball is going before it's thrown. This is an exceptional player who will get even better.

    A third-round pick in 2017, Johnson has been a starter since Week 5 of his rookie year. Headed into his third pro season, he’s compiled five interceptions and 22 passes defensed in his 32 regular-season games.

    For Brandt’s full nine-player list, click here.


    Since Sean McVay’s arrival as head coach in 2017, the Rams have used play action as an integral part of their offensive scheme. Given how good Los Angeles has been using it, ESPN analyst Matt Bowen has named the Rams the best play-action team overall.

    Stat to know: The Rams led the league last season with 124.5 passing yards per game off play-action concepts.

    What makes the Rams the best: In Sean McVay's system, L.A. can marry the outside zone run game, screen package and play-action concepts out of its 11 personnel grouping (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WRs) with wide receivers in reduced sets. This means the Rams can lean on the run action while using pre- and post-snap misdirection to create open-window throws for quarterback Jared Goff -- and an open field for running back Todd Gurley in the screen game. And it all looks the same to a defender. McVay makes it tough to stop.

    The Rams are all over Bowen’s list in his piece, as he also calls the club the top zone play-action team, makes note of McVay’s strength in designing concepts, and quarterback Jared Goff’s prowess in executing them.

  • #2
    J.J. should benefit from the addition of Weddle, and be even better than last year. Add to that the acquisition of both Rapp and D. Long Jr. - should either or both shine, we would improve exponentially and be an even scarier defense to face. The Snead/McVay drafting duo is starting to look very solid ..


    • #3
      All good about J.J. and the addition of Weddle plus Rapp as our draft pick. Where I am looking for more improvement is at the outside CB spot with Peters. We need to shut down WR's on the outside. That will also mean Talib has to stay healthy all season. I know this past draft was not a strong draft for CB's but next year we need to make that position a priority. Glad we got D. Long, but he may be a slot CB not an outside type.

      Interesting to see Matt Bowen's name as I recall his days as a Ram player. Think it may have been in the GSOT days.

      Go Rams!


      • #4
        Good memory... I had to look it up cuz I couldn't remember him on the team. A late draft pick by the Rams, he was only in St. Louis for one season, but garnered rookie of the year honors for it. Broke his foot start of his 2nd year and by November had gone from IR to being waived. Went on to play for Packers, Redskins, and Buffalo.


        • #5
          Yeah as really lots of potential. When he broke his foot, really it ruined that potential. Poor guy!
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            Positives: Aggressive wrapup tackler … Knows how to locate the ball, showing alertness and good hip swerve turning out of his breaks to track the ball in flight … Stays low in his backpedal, keeping his feet in control … Has a good feel for his man in the zone, getting a jump on the ball due to his ability to read the quarterback's moves … Sticks tight with his man, mirroring the receiver step-by-step … Effective in run support, quickly stepping up to fill the lanes.
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            It was LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There are two reasons Darren McFadden didn't have the fastest 40-yard dash among running backs at last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis:

            East Carolina's Chris Johnson and one of his friends.

            Johnson was content with the 4.29-second time posted on his first attempt and didn't plan to run again. But he then received a text message from University of South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins, who was watching the workouts on TV.

            Jenkins relayed that McFadden — the star Arkansas rusher — had blazed an unofficial time of 4.27 seconds.

            "When I found that out," Johnson said, "I started warming up to run another 40."

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            Johnson ran faster than all but one of the roughly 3,000 combine participants since electronic timing was adopted in 1999. He was clocked at 4.24 seconds, which easily bested McFadden's official time of 4.33.

            "I thought I was fast, but I didn't know I was that fast," Johnson said after a recent post-combine workout at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. "I would have been happy with anything in the 4.2s. It surprised me."

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            McFadden enjoyed a more storied college career and entered the combine as the draft's top running back prospect. Johnson averaged an NCAA-best 227.7 all-purpose yards in 2007 but didn't face the same level of competition in Conference USA.

            Johnson said he isn't envious of all the attention McFadden has received. Instead, it has served as motivation.

            "I just knew I had to be the fastest one there to get any publicity," said Johnson, who is 3 inches shorter and 15 pounds lighter than the 6-foot-2, 210-pound McFadden. "It's a political thing. McFadden already is rated so high that for him to run a 4.33 was good on his part and helped his stock rise.

            "I'm in another situation. I'm a late first-round/early second-round guy. My time, I hope, rose me up."

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            "That's my first time ever running an electronic 40," Johnson said. "I've run a stop-watch 40 where I've had a 4.22 and 4.18. The electronic time is really accurate, so I was pretty happy with that."

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            By RICH HAMMOND | [email protected] | Orange County Register
            PUBLISHED: June 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm | UPDATED: June 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

            THOUSAND OAKS — Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson showed up Monday afternoon and declared that he hadn’t been pouting or making any type of non-verbal statement to the team last week.

            Why exactly Johnson no-showed to three optional practices without any prior notice remained a mystery. Johnson, the Rams’ highest-paid player, repeatedly said he had to deal with a “personal matter” and that he hadn’t been protesting anything involving his contract talks, or lack thereof.

            “Oh, not at all,” Johnson said after Monday’s practice at Cal Lutheran. “Not at all. No contract (situation). Like I said, it’s a personal situation that I needed to take care of, and I’m glad to be back.”

            Johnson said he understood why his absence raised eyebrows. The 10 OTA practices, held throughout May and June, are strictly optional, but attendance is nearly 100 percent and typically, players let coaches know if they won’t be in attendance.

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            IRVINE — Trumaine Johnson wore a Rams jersey Saturday. He talked about winning games for the Rams. He signed a couple hundred autographs for Rams fans, and even greeted one who heckled him.

            Yet there’s a subtext now clear to everyone. Johnson won’t be with the Rams after this season.

            The Rams, for a second consecutive offseason, tagged Johnson as their franchise player, a designation that included a guaranteed one-year contract worth almost $17 million. Johnson often said he hoped to sign a long-term contract with the Rams, but that deadline quietly passed on July 17.
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