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Apparently, Joyner is not the only rookie defensive back with a chip on his shoulder. E.J. Gaines, who slipped to the sixth round of the draft, is also on a mission to make teams pay for passing on him.
Every Missouri Tigers fan is aware that Gaines' most memorable game of 2013 came against Texas A&M, in which he shut down Aggies All-American wide receiver Mike Evans, holding him to a mere eight yards.
Considering Evans was a top-10 overall draft pick, Gaines is understandably a bit perplexed as to why the gap between them during the draft was so massive, per ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
"To see (Evans) go in the first round and see me go in the sixth is a little crazy to me," said Gaines.
Even the Rams were a bit shocked to see Gaines fall into the sixth round. The team considered trading up for him, but the move never came to fruition. "We had made an attempt early, had considered him earlier," Fisher said. "We felt like he fell to us."
It was a lucky break. And Gaines says he's ready to contribute in any way possible.
"I’ll do whatever I have to, to get on the field," said Gaines. "If it’s special teams, inside, outside, safety, it doesn’t matter."
Gaines will primarily serve as a special teams performer early in the season, but he'll eventually work his way onto the field with the defense. When he does, he'll be more than eager to prove people wrong.