Monday, December 9, 2013
Week 14: Rams rookie review
By Nick Wagoner
PHOENIX -- 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 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
WR Tavon Austin, first round, No. 8 overall: Austin continues to be heavily involved in the offense, playing 32 snaps there with eight more appearances on special teams.
But aside from a 56-yard run late in the game, Austin’s impact was limited again this week. He also had a catch for 9 yards but of more importance is the ankle injury he suffered on the aforementioned run. The extent of the injury is unknown and Austin attempted to return to the game before the Rams pulled him with about four minutes to go.
LB Alec Ogletree, first round, No. 30 overall: Per usual, Ogletree played almost every snap and had another productive day in terms of tackles. He continues to make strides as a run defender, finishing with nine tackles, two for loss to lead the team in unofficial pressbox statistics. He also added a sack and a quarterback hit to his tally on his 66 defensive snaps and two special teams plays.
S T.J. McDonald, third round, No. 71 overall: McDonald apparently has no lingering issues from his leg injury as he played all 68 defensive snaps and nine more on special teams. He finished with eight tackles but it was a rough day in coverage across the secondary for the Rams as Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer completed 84 percent of his passes.
WR Stedman Bailey, third round, No. 92 overall: Slowly but surely, Bailey’s game day workload continues to increase and he actually started Sunday’s game as one of the wide receivers. When all was said and done, Bailey played 28 snaps on offense and 14 more on special teams.
Bailey finished with three catches for 46 yards and continues to evolve into a solid route runner with sure hands. He’s certainly someone to keep an eye on in the season’s final three weeks.
OL Barrett Jones, fourth round, No. 113 overall: Jones was active for the first time this season. He stayed behind Tim Barnes as the team’s backup center against the Cardinals.
CB Brandon McGee, fifth round, No. 149 overall: McGee suffered a foot injury two weeks ago and was inactive Sunday in Arizona after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.
RB Zac Stacy, fifth round, No. 160 overall: Stacy had his toughest day since becoming the starter back in week 5. Arizona’s stout run defense made life miserable for the young back, who mustered just 25 yards on 14 carries and had a drop in the passing game. He did manage a touchdown but otherwise not much to write home about for anyone involved in the run game in this one.
Undrafted rookie roundup: Running back Benny Cunningham played 11 snaps on offense and four more on special teams and had a pair of carries for 9 yards and two catches for 16 yards to show for it. … Linebackers Ray Ray Armstrong and Daren Bates played their usual 17 snaps on special teams with Armstrong also playing a pair of defensive snaps but neither appeared on the stat line. … Safety Cody Davis made a pair of special teams tackles in his 17 plays.