Holding the 2018 No. Three scoring offense within the league to only 9 factors was noteworthy for the Rams’ protection. However what mustn’t go unnoticed of their 2019 Week 2 efficiency in opposition to the Saints was how they have been capable of comprise New Orleans working again Alvin Kamara.
Kamara had rapidly established himself as one of many NFL’s most dynamic playmakers via his first two seasons, amassing 31 complete touchdowns and greater than 3,000 yards from scrimmage – 1,611 speeding and 1,535 receiving. The Rams did not want these numbers to pay attention to the challenges Kamara posed – the previous Tennessee standout nonetheless caught 11 passes for 96 yards within the 2018 NFC championship regardless of being restricted to eight carries for 15 yards.
Within the rematch eight months later, Kamara had 13 carries for 45 yards however only one reception for 15 yards. It was simply the third time ever he solely had one catch in a sport in his profession, and solely the sixth time he didn’t surpass 60 yards from scrimmage.
Even beneath a brand new coordinator and with a handful of recent faces this season, the returning members of the Rams protection will probably look to how they performed Kamara when getting ready for a few of their 2020 opponents.
Primarily based on ESPN’s stats, Los Angeles is scheduled to face seven of final season’s 15 most-targeted working backs within the passing sport:
- Tarik Cohen, Bears – third
- James White, Patriots – sixth
- Le’Veon Bell, Jets – seventh
- Saquon Barkley, Giants – eighth
- Zeke Elliott, Cowboys – ninth
- Kenyan Drake, Cardinals – 11th
- Miles Sanders, Eagles – 14th
Consider that the Rams play the Cardinals twice as a division opponent, and almost half of their schedule is stuffed with matchups in opposition to working backs who additionally provide worth as receivers. Whereas the newest movie will finest assist how L.A. prepares for every of these gamers the particular week it faces them, so too may parts of final yr’s technique for holding Kamara.
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