II: DB Robert Rochell
If you were looking for a clearly dominating performance from the LA Rams rookie defensive back, Robert Rochell, you are probably pretty disappointed. Robert Rochell played pretty poorly in the New York Giants opening drive, allowing two receptions to Kadarius Toney. But he got better.
After all, Rochell is young and learning quickly. In a game like this one, he piled on valuable experience. Very valuable experience. Not only during the game but in the post-game analysis that will take place on Monday.
Despite being shaken up during the game, Rochell showed up with five tackles and one pass break up. And it was a huge win for the Rams on the road, which means that the day was a positive all the way around. And as far as a pass defense? The Rams have plenty to work with and learn from.
Let’s not lie to ourselves. The LA Rams defense held the Giants to three points until they started to pull starters and went into an almost pure ‘prevent’ defense. That soft style allowed the Giants to put up a late touchdown and two-point conversion that barely tweaked the game score to over that 48.5 point line.
I liked what I saw from Rochell today. Once more, despite not putting up rigid coverage early, he got stronger as the game progressed. This one is huge in developing Rochell for bigger and more crucial games later in the season.