IX: The case for Desjuan Johnson
When the LA Rams selected defensive tackle Desjuan Johnson with the 259th overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, the title of Mr. Irrelevant has nothing to do with how this young defensive lineman has shown up for the Rams this season. LA Rams DL Coach Eric Henderson loves to get hungry players who will keep battling, and that is exactly what he has in former-Toledo DL Desjuan Johnson
Desjuan Johnson is not exactly getting a lot of work in the Rams defense this season. But don't feel sorry for the energetic defensive lineman. In a limited role in Week 12, Johnson added two tackles to bring his season total to five. And he recorded the first quarterback sack of his young NFL career. That's rather impressive work for a player who was the last to hear his name in the 2023 NFL Draft. But I have a feeling we will hear his name more often in the remaining six game of the Rams season.
VIII: The case for Austin Trammell
While Austin Trammell may not be getting many opportunities in terms of the LA Rams offense, he has been dubbed as the Rams return specialist for the 2023 NFL season. In terms of a wide receiver, Trammell has played on 59 offensive snaps and caught four of seven passes thrown his way for 29 yards and two first downs. But he has also returned 15 punts for 107 yards, and three kickoffs for 69 yards. In Week 12, Trammell returned two punts for 22 yards.
While returning punts may not be something that fans notice right away, it is a part of the game that can have a huge impact on the final score. Thank to Trammell's two punt returns, the Rams offense took over at the 29 yards line, rather than the 18 yard line, with 8:13 remaining in the first half. The Rams missed a 50-yard field goal.
His second punt return set up the Rams offense on the Cardinals 38-yard line, rather than at the 49-yard line. The Rams offense was able to take advantage of that great field position by driving 38 yards in five plays and in only 3:01 to take a commanding 37-8 lead in the game.