Rams’ Secondary Going Into Seattle
The Rams are going into week 15, as they travel to Seattle to face their division rival in the Seahawks. In this, their biggest game of the season yet, they’ll be missing some key players in the defensive secondary. After a very rough and physical matchup against Philadelphia, the Rams had lost starting cornerbacks, Kayvon Webster and Trumaine Johnson. McVay said in his Monday afternoon post-game press conference that Johnson only suffered a stinger. It was once thought by the head coach that he had suffered a concussion. That’s a major bullet dodged for the Rams defense as they head to Seattle this Sunday. As for Kayvon Webster, the future is not as bright.
Webster made a huge play to snag his first interception of the season on the Eagles’ very first drive of the game. Webster intercepted a tipped pass thrown by Carson Wentz to help the Rams take the early lead. The fourth-year defensive back has played very well this season, due mostly to the chemistry he has with defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips. He learned this system from Phillips when he played under him in Denver.
Webster’s tenure with the Rams has been very injury-ridden, though. In week one, against the Colts, he suffered a shoulder injury which had him sitting out for the next two games. It proved to be more than that, as Kayvon never truly healed from that injury. Webster posted on his Instagram account that he had been battling a torn labrum/rotator cuff injury all season. To make matters worse, in that same first quarter, Webster ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on a non-contact play, effectively ending his season as he got carted off. He has since been placed on injured reserve.
Next Man Up
With Webster out, the Rams will start Troy Hill. Hill is a third-year cornerback who mostly gets his reps with the second defense. It’ll be a very exciting test for Hill, as he gets the starting job a week prior to facing a division rival, the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have also moved defensive back Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad to the active roster. This move will add some much-needed depth to the position.
Hill could prove to be a liability in that game, which has been the base of his story since he has played for Los Angeles. He’ll have to prove his worth against Russell Wilson and a high powered offense. Without a doubt, Hill’s play will have to be the best in his short career to aide the Rams in obtaining their first NFC West Championship in 14 years.
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