ATLANTA — Coming into Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams had lost three straight games and within path on an arrival to the Super Bowl. They left Atlanta with their magic recovered, because of the noteworthy trifecta of a victory win, a viral wrestling move by their cautious shake and the in-week expansion of probably the best cornerback in the game.
The Rams indented just one win in the standings from Sunday’s 37-10 demolition of the Falcons, however it felt like significantly more than that. Jalen Ramsey, a Ram for all of five days, brought the optional a swagger it hadn’t had in weeks, if not months. Ramsey joined Los Angeles in return for two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder, and quickly demonstrated why it cost such a great amount to pry him out of Jacksonville. All things considered, not every person could take a month off in the center of the period and coordinate with Julio Jones on his first play from scrimmage.
Ramsey entered the game on the Rams’ third protective snap, mouthguard dangling — as it generally does — from their facemask. (It’s simpler to talk clear, unrestricted junk that way.) From that play directly on through the finish of the game, he and Jones hit at one another on each snap, and when the Falcons couldn’t change over on third down — which happened multiple times out of 12 this game — Ramsey would jump skirt back to the Los Angeles sideline, jawing right at the Falcons sideline all in all and Jones specifically.
It was an amazing execution for Ramsey given that the group didn’t know what condition they’d be in following a month-long cutback. They’d refered to ailment, the introduction of their kid and back damage as reasons why they couldn’t play for Jacksonville in Weeks 4-6. They sure appeared to be down prepared on Sunday, regardless of whether they was checking Jones at the line or plunging to punch the ball out of Devonta Freeman’s hands.
“I don’t think you can say enough about his ability to digest the game plan,” Rams lead trainer Sean McVay said.
“He’s kept himself in good shape … I think it’s just a credit to our defensive coaches and then Jalen’s ability to really demonstrate what a smart, cerebral player he is in addition to an elite skill set. To be able to come in on such short notice, with such short practice time and to be able to play the way that he did, it was a big boost to our team for sure.”
Without a doubt, Ramsey wasn’t impeccable on the day. they surrendered an immense 39-yard play to Jones in the disappearing snapshots of the principal half. The Rams disentangled their protective plans to represent Ramsey, however they likewise exploited his aptitudes to give him a chance to do what he excels at — toss a cover over the other group’s top beneficiary.
“Our coaches did a good job as far as, like, making it easy for him,” fellow cornerback Troy Hill said. “We kept talking to him. Communication was big out there. I felt like we gelled out there.”
“I feel like I played OK,” Ramsey said. “I got to get in my groove a little bit more. There’s maybe one, maybe two plays that I wanted to have back or play a little bit different … I want to know my safeties and know the guys I’m out with. I really trusted them a lot.”
Ramsey has practical experience in an in-your-face man-to-man barrier that kills a rival’s best resource. They has been a definitive shutdown cornerback since their days at Florida State, where they was the main genuine first year recruit to begin at corner since a person by the name of Deion. They edges up to the line, directly in the recipient’s face, and cocks their arms like they are going to get in the ring. And afterward it’s on.
“He doesn’t shy away from anybody, any challenge, any receiver,” safety Eric Weddle said. “You don’t know how his body is going to react. We had limited role for him, I just talked to him … just so he can play fast. It was fun.”