Anytime a team trades Jalen Ramsey away it’s not a good thing. Especially when the return is a third-round pick and something called a Hunter Long. It’s even more crushing when he leaves behind a secondary that is sorely lacking in name recognition and is greener than the turf at SoFi.
The Los Angeles Rams secondary is a very young unit and that leads many to believe that it won’t take much work to move the ball on them. The Rams defense roster lost Nick Scott which doubly stings. And despite the fans’ rejoicing, losing David Long and Taylor Rapp isn’t exactly ideal.
Who Will Play In The Rams Secondary?
There’s a glimmer of hope, however, as the Rams do have a mix of players entering year two and guys ready to prove they can make the leap. Cobie Durant was the standout of the Rams’ rookies last year. In year two, he could become something special at the top of the Rams depth chart. Opposite him, Robert Rochell is in a make-it-or-break-it year after appearing on the Rams injury report kept him off the field for his sophomore season after showing flashes as a rookie. There’s also Derion Kendrick who they tried to make happen, but was never quite there.
At safety, Jordan Fuller is also looking to return to form after a hamstring injury submarined him last season and the two young safeties in Russ Yeast and Quentin Lake are poised to get even more playing time on the Rams roster
Is this unit a force to be reckoned with? Not on paper, but the Rams have bolstered their chances with a bevy of defensive backs coaches on staff, including Jimmy Lake and the re-hiring of Aubrey Pleasant as well as moving veteran coach Chris Beake to secondary coach. Not to mention, defensive coordinator, Raheem Morris was a DB coach early on in his coaching tenure.
With a full training camp, there’s certainly a chance they’re a unit that can surprise people.