Will LA Rams reunite with key players in time for NFC Championship Game?
Robert Rochell returns
The LA Rams secondary has been besieged by injuries nearly all season. So much so that the LA Rams promoted rookie Robert Rochell to a starting role in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. In 11 games, Rochell started five, until he was injured in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His injury was a case of bad timing, as the secondary would be assaulted by a breakout of positive tests for COVID-19.
Rochell is a rookie defensive back who has played very well in the LA Rams secondary. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 195-pounds, the fleet-footed cornerback has played 234 defensive snaps, made 14 tackles, four pass deflections, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He also puts up pretty solid pass defense, allowing just 14 of 23 passes thrown his way to find their mark.
Rookie Rochell returns to Rams
Rochell was another rookie who was beginning to turn the corner from learning the game to impacting the game. And in the Rams secondary, he was an ideal option to insert alongside Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams. Ideal because he was versatile enough to play any corner position, large enough to defend big tight ends, and fast enough to stick to the fastest receivers.
The Rams could certainly use a set of fresh legs in the secondary, as the team has been up against some of the best receivers in the NFL in recent weeks. While the team has come out on top in seven of the last eight games, many of those games have come down to the thinnest margins of victory in the LA Rams history.
Not only will getting Rochell involved help the team, but getting him postseason experience in his rookie season will help the future of the organization as well.