Rams turn to Joyner for free safety role in new defense

Analyst Mike Cahill explains how Los Angeles Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner will fit into the FS role.

| 2 weeks ago
Lamarcus Joyner

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Rams turn to Joyner for free safety role in new defense


  • Lamarcus Joyner started 27 straight games at safety for the Florida State Seminoles, before switching to cornerback in his senior season (2013) after a change in defensive coordinators.
  • Joyner has seen 80.7 percent of his snaps come in the Los Angeles Rams defense’s nickel package, and has only played 26 snaps in the Rams’ base defense over the last two seasons.
  • In the last two seasons, Joyner has seen 14 pass attempts on go routes thrown into his coverage, and has given up one catch for a total of 20 yards. His 78.3 overall coverage grade in 2016 was the highest of his three-year pro career.
  • Joyner’s 26 total defensive stops were second-most among 118 CBs and would have tied him for 12th-most among safeties in 2016.

Lamarcus Joyner 2015 and 2016 PFF grades

  • k1joyce

    He’s going to dominate