On today’s offseason positional outlook, we’ll check out the Los Angeles Rams defensive back unit.

Defensive Backs:

2017 Season Stats:

Player Solo Tackles Assisted

Tackles

Total Tackles Interceptions Interception Return TD Sacks
Marcus Peters

(W/ Chiefs)

42 4 46 5 0 0
John Johnson 53 18 71 1 0 0
Lamarcus Joyner 39 10 49 3 1 0
Aqib Talib

(W/ Broncos)

23 8 31 1 1 0
Troy Hill 16 2 18 0 0 0
Blake Countess 19 6 25 1 0 0
Marqui

Christian

5 4 9 0 0 0
Domnique Hatfield 4 1 5 0 0 0
Isiah Johnson 1 5 6 0 0 0
Sam Shields 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taurean Nixon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Peterson 6 4 10 2 0 0
Nickell Robey-Coleman 36 10 46 2 0 0
Curtis Mikell

(Southern Mississippi)

40 9 49 1 0 0

CB Marcus Peters (4th year out of Washington, 1st Round 15th Overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs.)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract with a 5th year option expiring in 2020. Currently on 4th year.

 

SS John Johnson (2nd year out of Boston College, 3rd Round 91st Overall by the Rams)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2021

 

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FS Lamarcus Joyner (5h year out of Florida State, 2nd Round 41st Overall by the Rams)

Contract Situation: 1-year contract expiring in 2019

2017 Season Awards: 2nd Team All-Pro (Pro-Football Focus)

 

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CB Aqib Talib (10th year out of Kansas, 1st Round, 20th Overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Contract Situation: 2-year contract expiring in 2019

2017 Season Awards: Voted to 2017 Pro-Bowl

 

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CB Troy Hill (4th year out of Oregon, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 1-year contract expiring in 2019

 

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DB Blake Countess (3rd  year out of Auburn, 6th round 196th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles)

Contract Situation: 1-year contract expiring in 2019

 

FS Marqui Christian (3rd year out of Midwestern St, 5th round 167th overall by the Arizona Cardinals)

Contract Situation: 4-year contract expiring in 2020

 

Dominique Hatfield (CB) (2nd year out of Utah, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 2-year contract expiring in 2020

 

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DB Isaiah Johnson (4th year out of Georgia Tech, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 2-year contract expiring in 2019

 

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CB Sam Shields (7th year out of Miami, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 1-year contract expiring in 2019.

 

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CB Taurean Nixon (3rd year out of Tulane, 7th Round 251st overall by the Denver Broncos)

Contract Situation: 2-year contract expiring in 2020

 

CB Kevin Peterson (3rd year out of Oklahoma State, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 2-year contract expiring in 2019

 

CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (6th year out of USC, Undrafted)

Contract Situation: 2-year deal with a 3-year option expiring in 2021.

 

2018 Defensive-Back Post-Draft Additions:

Curtis Mikell (Rookie year out of Southern Miss, Undrafted Free-Agent)

With the offseason moves that Les Snead made this year at the defensive back position, the Rams have a solid argument for best secondary in the league on paper. They return two starters at safety in John Johnson and 2nd team All-Pro Lamarcus Joyner. They also acquired highly talented Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib in free agency.

The Rams did lose a talented corner in Trumaine Johnson to the Jets, but they added a young and talented cornerback in Peters from the Chiefs. Kansas City had been looking for the right deal to get rid of the hot-headed yet gifted player and settled on a deal with the Rams for 2018 4th round pick and 2019 2nd round pick.

Les Snead then went out and got a proven veteran in Aqib Talib from the Broncos for a 2018 5th round pick, who has won a Super Bowl with current Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, commanding the Denver defense in 2016. Talib is a five-time Pro-Bowler, and his career 34 Interceptions have led the league since he was drafted in 2008.

Sam Shields decided to sign with the Rams after taking a year off from football in 2017 due to lingering concussion symptoms. The hope is that the 7-year veteran still has some left in the tank and is healthy enough to provide some solid depth for the Rams at cornerback.

While 14 players at the position is way too many to start the regular season, it’s nice to see that the Rams were pro-active this year in upgrading and adding depth at the position. If all these offseason acquisitions on the defensive side of the ball can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for LA this year.

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For better or worse, sports have played a major role in shaping my life. In middle school my mom let me take a sick day after the Eagles lost the Super bowl since I was so emotionally devastated. The guy who’s in the pew streaming the red river rivalry game on his phone while the bride is walking down the aisle? That’s me. Not my fault they planned a wedding during the biggest game of the year. If you’re one of those people that thinks sports aren’t that important, I am open minded, so I respect your opinion. I just want to also let you know that you’re wrong and I hate you.
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