VII: The case for Jason Taylor II
While a great deal of anticipation awaited the return of LA Rams RB Kyren WIlliams for Week 12, the 'other guy,' who returned to the active Rams roster to face the Arizona Cardinals was rookie defensive back Jason Taylor II. Not only did Taylor show up in Week 12, but he played and played well. But the final whistle, Taylor had chalked up three tackles against the Cardinals.
It's not just the fact that Taylor had three tackles as a rookie defensive back for the Rams, but that he had three tackles as a rookie defensive back who had just returned from a long period of time on the Rams IR list. That's a great way to announce your arrival to the NFL.
VI: The case for Royce Freeman
While it seems quite obvious to me that the LA Rams have found a secret sauce to this offense by giving opportunities to RB Royce Freeman, I wonder if the Rams coaching staff views Freeman as a necessity to keep the offense humming along. Freeman has only gotten work for the Rams in five games this season, but has carried the football 63 times for 292 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
What those numbers do not reveal is the fact that Freeman breaks tackles, and falls forward for an additional 1-3 yards on nearly every carry.
Royce Freeman is simply a powerful running back who has the ability to scratch an itch for this Rams offense. Freeman has only been getting carries for the Rams over the past five games, but he gets better and stronger each week. His 13 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown comes after piling up 17 carries for 73 yards against the Seattle Seahawks. At 6-foot-0 and 238 pounds, Freeman bring quite a load, and makes defenders regret trying to arm tackle him.