Rams rookie security John Johnson III made his first begin, grabbed his first interception and almost scored his first landing in a sixteen-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

If solely he hadn’t run out of fuel 19 yards in need of the aim line on the Coliseum.

Johnson stepped in entrance of tight finish Luke Willson to intercept a cross by Russell Wilson within the second quarter and returned it sixty nine yards, pausing as soon as for a blocker and then operating out of steam, he admitted after the sport.

“That’s one thing I’ve to work on,” Johnson stated. “I’ve received to get to the top zone.”

The Rams transformed the interception right into a subject aim to take a ten-zero lead within the second quarter.

Johnson, a 3rd-spherical decide from Boston School, additionally deflected two passes and made three tackles.

“He made a pair splash performs,” coach Sean McVay stated, including, “John’s a participant that since he’s obtained right here, he’s continued to develop. He’s a participant that we’ve loads of confidence in and anticipating him to proceed to enhance.”

Johnson began instead of Maurice Alexander, a fourth-yr professional who was inactive regardless of not showing on the damage report all week.

McVay was requested if Alexander didn’t begin due to disciplinary causes.

“It was nothing disciplinary,” McVay stated. “It wasn’t something like that. We’re all the time evaluating our personnel and making an attempt to determine how we will get the perfect forty six up.”

When requested when he came upon that he would begin, Johnson stated, “I had no concept. I put together like I’m a starter every single day.”

Johnson’s interception return was the longest for a rookie within the NFL since Kansas Metropolis Chiefs defensive again Marcus Peters made a ninety-yard return in 2015.

Security Cody Davis, who began instead of injured Lamarcus Joyner, additionally intercepted a move thrown by receiver Tanner McEvoy on a trick play. That decide ultimately led to a landing.

Highs and lows

It was an up-and-down recreation for Tavon Austin.

He seemed spectacular on a 27-yard landing run within the second quarter that gave the Rams the early lead, however continued to wrestle on punt returns. Austin muffed two of them, and one was recovered by the Seahawks.

“I’m slightly scarred up proper now, nevertheless it’s all proper,” stated Austin, who has muffed 4 kicks this season. “By no means going to make excuses. Simply obtained to maintain working at it day in and day trip. Hopefully I can get it again.”

McVay changed Austin with rookie Cooper Kupp after the primary miscue Sunday.

However he gave Austin one other alternative after he scored the landing.

That’s when Austin turned the ball over.

“I’m true to myself and I perceive what’s happening — I do know what’s up, “ Austin stated, including, “It’s only a psychological factor for me proper now. I simply need to preserving getting higher and higher and I’ll be all proper.”

Requested if Austin would proceed to be the punt returner, McVay stated, “We’ll return after this recreation and consider a few of these issues shifting ahead.”

Austin rushed for 27 yards in six carries and caught three passes for 14 yards.

Fewer touches

Operating again Todd Gurley was averaging almost 27 touches per recreation. Towards the Seahawks, he had sixteen.

He rushed for less than forty three yards in 14 carries and caught two passes for seven yards.

“You’ll be able to’t get the ball each time,” he stated, including, “I’ve received to do a greater job of simply going on the market and simply making performs.

“If I make performs, then I’ll get the ball.”

Stated McVay: “We all know what a particular participant Todd is, however given a few of the issues that they have been presenting, we felt like there have been another possibilities with some various things, however nothing that Todd wasn’t doing.”

Mr. Automated misses

It was a very good run whereas it lasted.

Every week after Greg Zuerlein kicked seven subject objectives in a win over the Dallas Cowboys, he missed considered one of two makes an attempt towards the Seahawks.

Zuerlein kicked a 35-yard area aim within the second quarter to provide the Rams a ten-zero lead, then missed a 36-yard try within the third quarter with the rating tied at 10.

He has made 15 of sixteen area-objective makes an attempt this season.

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