The Los Angeles Rams entered the NFL season as one of the more intriguing teams in the league and they are in the thick of the playoff race.
At 7-3, the Rams sit tied atop the NFC West with the 7-3 Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have won seven of their last eight games, including a 39-10 rout of the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Rams’s No. 1 ranked defense is dominating opponents, while the offense is finding success running the ball. PFF recently released their NFL power rankings after Week 11. The Rams finished at No. 4, which is where they will likely finish in PFF’s final power rankings.
“Sure, they allowed Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to throw for a season-high 301 yards Sunday, but Watson only managed 2.8 yards per pass attempt, he finished 4-of-12 for 19 yards when targeting tight ends, and he got stuffed on a fourth-and-1 late in the game. L.A.'s defense is still the best in the league.
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Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Monday that "no one is untouchable" when asked about Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long.
Speaking of guards, the Bears have one of the best in Cody Whitehair. Although rookie James Daniels is also a first-round talent, the 2017 second-rounder isn't ready to take over the job yet. Pace and company must decide whether to invest in the 25-year-old Daniels over free-agent-to-be Josh Sitton, who may move to the slot to cover up for the departure of veteran starter Eric Kush.
However, one player may see more time outside: Bryce Hager. Now a converted outside linebacker who started 13 games last season, Hager is capable of playing at that spot and having success as long as he's utilized correctly. With Kush expected to be out, and Kush himself talking about his desire to remain a Ram, it would seem Hager should at least get a shot at being a feature back.
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Justin was a big winner in the 2016 draft. He was selected ahead of prospects like Ronald Darby, Marcell Harris, Cameron Sutton and other draft prospects that were highly-touted by many draft pundits.
Justin’s ability to play both cornerback and safety allows the Steelers to employ many hybrid defensive back packages. He’ll be able to play a ton in sub-packages, and he’ll also get plenty of practice reps playing at the slot position.
Justin is an exceptional special teams player, too. He’s a first team All-ACC member.