Rams vs. Colts: Winners and losers from Week 2

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Sebastian Joseph Day
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Rams Winner: Sebastian Joseph Day

I hesitated when contemplated adding Sebastian Joseph Day’s name to this list. After all, despite lining up over center, he jumped on a third down and one-yard to go from the LA Rams eight-yard line. That set up the Indianapolis Colts for a first-and-goal from the  Rams four-yard line.

But that was the only blemish for the young man who clearly brought his A-game. He tied for the team lead for tackles with nine. He recorded his first quarterback sack of the season and two quarterback hits.

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We’d heard that SJD had trained hard to improve his pass rush. In two previous NFL seasons, he had gotten to the quarterback just three times. He is on his way to besting his career total in just this season. In fact, his two-game total of 11 tackles and one sack have him on track to have a career-high season.

Not coincidentally, this is the contract year for Sebastian Joseph Day. And one of the easiest ways for a defensive lineman to drive up his market value is to prove that he can get to the quarterback. Right now, the market for nose tackles who can do that is in short supply.

Of course, the LA Rams would love nothing better than for him to get to opposing quarterbacks often this year. In fact, they are likely counting on it, as they had lost the production of both Michael Brockers and Morgan Fox, and need players like SJD to make up the difference this year.  So far, he is on his way.