The Rams had one of the more stout defenses last year and the secondary was a big part of that. However, they lost two starters from the unit in number one cornerback Janoris Jenkins and free safety Rodney McLeod and they didn’t really go after solid replacements in either the draft or free agency. Maybe they didn’t like out of house options enough, or they’re comfortable with the guys still on the roster, one of whom is Lamarcus Joyner.
Yes, Coty Sensabaugh figures to be in the mix for the second or third cornerback spot, and Cody Davis seems to be sitting in the starting free safety spot. But Joyner is entering his 3rd year out of Florida State, though he is undersized, has shown versatility and talent at various spots in the defense. He’ll be able to contribute as a corner, high safety or even as more of a box safety, and that’s what will give him the platform to really break out this year.
Last year, he had 72 combined tackles, 2 sacks and 6 passes defensed, which really isn’t too shabby. Nevertheless, he only started 6 games and is yet to get his first career interception. In an increased role this year, perhaps as the starting slot corner and then rotational player across the defense he can make a much bigger impact and notch several interceptions.
He is feisty, strong and has good cover skills so it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Joyner carve out a permanent role in the Rams defense which is looking for defensive backs to step up.