Week 16: Rams rookie review

December, 23, 2013
12/23/13
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ST. LOUIS -- A look at playing time and performance of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday's 23-13 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

WR Tavon Austin, first round, No. 8 overall: After sitting out practice a second consecutive week with an ankle injury, Austin was inactive for the second time in his young career.

LB Alec Ogletree, first round, No. 30 overall: Ogletree had another big day, racking up eight tackles, a half of a sack, a tackle for loss and two more forced fumbles. Of the rookies in this class, nobody’s progress has been more evident from Day 1 to now than Ogletree's.

Although he’s probably a long shot for defensive rookie of the year, Ogletree has a pretty solid case. Once again, he was on the field for most of the game, playing all 59 snaps on defense and three on special teams.

S T.J. McDonald, third round, No. 71 overall: Like Ogletree, McDonald was on the field for most of the game, playing all 59 defensive snaps and six more on special teams. He finished with six tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. For the first time since he returned from his leg fracture, he looked to have the rust completely knocked off.

WR Stedman Bailey, third round, No. 92 overall: Bailey's ascent continued with yet another strong performance as he once again made the most of his opportunities. He played 40 snaps, second most among receivers with the offense and seven more on special teams.

Bailey finished with three catches for 44 yards, including a terrific grab for a gain of 28, and scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard run off a double reverse. Bailey continues to make a case to be a prominent part of the offense moving forward.

OL Barrett Jones, fourth round, No. 113 overall: Jones was active for the third time this season. He stayed behind Tim Barnes as the team’s backup center against the Saints but got five snaps on special teams, working on place-kicking units.

CB Brandon McGee, fifth round, No. 149 overall: Now fully back from a foot injury, McGee is back in his role on special teams though that’s pretty much the extent of his work these days. He played 15 snaps there and had a penalty on a punt return.

RB Zac Stacy, fifth round, No. 160 overall: Yards were hard to come by for Stacy against the Bucs' stout front seven, but he grinded out every inch on his way to his second consecutive 100-yard game and fourth of the season.

Once again, Stacy handled the majority of the running back workload, playing 54 snaps with the offense. Stacy finished with 104 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. He is 42 yards from 1,000 for the season despite not having a starting job until Week 5.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Running back Benny Cunningham played six snaps on offense and six more on special teams and had a carry for a loss of 2 yards. ... Linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong and Daren Bates played their usual 15 and 14 snaps, respectively, on special teams. ... Safety Cody Davis also had 14 special teams plays.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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