The Rams may have slugged out a grand slam by landing Von Miller, but his impact in their Week 9 contest should not be over-exaggerated. Miller may see some action in Week 9, but the team will lean on the duo of Leonard Floyd and Terrell Lewis for this one.
The Rams will not get a breather in Week 9, so no more sitting starters. But that quarter’s worth of rest certainly aided the team in keeping the starters relatively rested. And the team held both Andrew Whitworth and Sebastian Joseph Day completely out of the Week 8 contest. Hopefully, both starters will be back on the field this week.
The Rams’ defensive line grew a bit stronger, as both A’Shawn Robinson and Greg Gaines had standout games against the Texans. Bobby Brown finally took the field, and with the release of DL Jonah Williams, I would expect his playing time to increase over time.
By starting Ernest Jones, the Rams defense now has some flexibility to move Taylor Rapp into a hybrid DB/LB role in passing situations. that could open the door for more Terrell Burgess, which has lots of promise in the long haul.
Donte Deayon has been the hardest worked player on the Rams defense since he was added to the 53-man roster. That is due to the fact that he is now his own backup. Robert Rochell was hampered with a knee injury in Week 8 and only played two snaps as a result. David Long Jr. has been working his way quietly back into the secondary rotation. Until Robert Rochell is healthy and Darious Williams returns, that will likely continue.
The only remaining rotation worth noting now is that of the running back. It’s quite clear that Darrell Henderson is the featured running back. But the Rams finally fed the ball, albeit in garbage time, to that big burly back Buddy Howell. While his five carries for 11 yards is nothing to get excited about, he did it behind the second-string offense line of Joseph Noteboom, David Edwards, Coleman Shelton, Bobby Evans, and A.J. Jackson. He ran hard with no running lanes. Keep his name in mind as the season pivots into colder weather. I liked what I saw from him.
Now, who’s available?