LA Rams safeties Rapp plus Johnson equals better 2020 defense

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LA Rams Eric Weddle
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Tight end Ross Dwelley #82 of the San Francisco 49ers catch a pass for a first down and free safety Eric Weddle #32 of the Los Angeles Rams is penalized for the hit at Levi’s Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Bench Weddle = improved 2020 defense

But what of safety Eric Weddle?  He is most definitely a veteran safety who still has some play in him. The LA Rams signed Weddle to a 2-year $12.5 million contract in 2019.  Even before he played a single down for the Rams, he was projected as a potential cap casualty in 2020.  Now that 2020 is now, and the Rams need cap space, his future with the Rams is in question.

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Weddle played all 16 games for the Rams, and wracked up 108 tackles, second best on defense. While he had 0 interceptions, he did record 1.5 tackles for a loss, defend four passes, and stuff one run.  In comparison, Taylor Rapp played just 15 games, six of which on a part-time basis, and scored 100 tackles, two interceptions, 4.5  tackles for a loss, four run stuffs, and eight passes defensed.

To place that all in context, Rapp is an NFL rookie, while Weddle played in his 13th NFL season. Johnson is equally adept, in 16 games from the 2018 season, he put up 4 interceptions, 119 tackles, 11 passes defended,

While these are just box  stats, they do offer some solid evidence that the Rams safety duo of Johnson and Rapp would be an upgrade for 2020.  But what to do with Weddle? Is he ready to sit on the bench?