St. Louis gave up the seventh-fewest passing yards last season.
But with such minute resistance on the ground level, the Rams’ opponents had little reason to throw the ball.
If opponents opted to pass on the Rams last year, they would have found success through the air as well. The Blue and Gold were completely ravaged by injuries at the cornerback position last year, and the players weren’t among the most skilled in the league in the first place.
With an overhaul of the front seven (the Rams are likely to start new faces at each outside linebacker and defensive tackle spot) St. Louis’ run defense can only improve, forcing opponents to pass more often.
St. Louis should be ready for that.
This offseason, the Rams added three cornerbacks who should find themselves in the top three positions on the team’s depth chart by year’s end in Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson.
Jenkins is already penciled in as a starting corner and should begin the year matched up against opposing teams’ second receivers while Finnegan takes on the primary threats (via CBS Sports).
He has the skills to succeed just fine in that role, even as a rookie.