With the glaring lack of depth at the cornerback position, it looks like the Rams might have their hand forced this weekend when they take on the offensive juggernaut that is the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome. Reports are coming out of Rams Park that CB Marquis Johnson could make his 2011 season debut on Sunday after spending the first part of the year on the PUP list while recovering from a knee injury sustained last season. With Justin King still unable to practice on Thursday, making his status for Sunday up in the air, it looks like Johnson may play.
I’ve said this before, but I’m not 100% sold that Johnson is good enough to play for this team based on what I saw from him last season in limited time, but it looks like he’s going to get his chance. I guess it’s not really fair to judge a guy based on a few games during his rookie season. I mean, there have been plenty of guys who struggled as a rookie who turned out to be pretty darn good players. With that being said, and with the team in the position they are right now, I think it’s fair to give him a chance to prove he has what it takes to stay on this team. I think I’d rather see a guy we drafted get a chance as opposed to pulling another random player off a practice squad, so let’s be open-minded and see what he has.
In other somewhat disappointing news, the Chicago Bears have signed LB Jabara Williams after he was released by the Rams earlier this week. I really liked Williams during the preseason, and although he is raw I really thought he was a good guy to develop at that linebacker position. I understand why the move was made because we needed another body on the offensive line, but it’s still disappointing. The way this team has played so far this season I don’t like losing young players with upside, but sometimes this happens in the NFL.