3 ways LA Rams CB Jalen Ramsey helps Rams sack totals

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The LA Rams 2020 sack number my be in question, but cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s presence will help that out. Here are 3 ways that will happen

The LA Rams began the 2019 season with starting cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. By the end of the 2019 season, the Rams had traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and traded Aqib Talib and a draft pick to the Miami Dolphins. Talib was injured and was lost for the season, Peters was simply not a good fit for the Rams defensive scheme.  Neither played up to their reputation as great pass-defending cornerbacks.   In fact, upon their departure, the Rams’ secondary actually improved in the latter half of the 2019 football season.

Perhaps no game defined the Rams pass defense woes as much as the shootout on game four for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs QB Jameis Winston torched the Rams for 385 yards and four touchdowns.  He dropped back to pass 41 times.  On that day, the Rams defense could only come up with one interception and two sacks.  The reason? Winston had open receivers all day. While Peters came down with the only interception for the day, he defended just two passes and recorded one tackle.  Talib recorded just three tackles on the day, and no passes defended.

Things will be different in 2020.  The LA Rams will start safeties Taylor Rapp and John Johnson, and line up cornerback Troy Hill at the right, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the left.  Good for pass defense, but how will that help the Rams sack numbers?  Well, Ramsey brings a lot to this Rams defense.

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Now it’s up to new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to get the most out of it.  Here are some ways the Rams sack count will rise in 2020.