EARTH CITY, Mo. – A look at playing time and performance of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday’s 38-8 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
WR Tavon Austin, first round, No. 8 overall: By now, we already know almost all there is to know about Austin’s breakout performance. But it’s interesting to note that he played just 15 offensive snaps and eight more on special teams.
The result was 314 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. It just goes to show, it’s not necessarily about how much you use a player like Austin but how you use him.
LB Alec Ogletree, first round, No. 30 overall: Once again, Ogletree was on the field a lot. This time, he was the only defensive player to be on the field for all 74 defensive snaps. He added four special teams plays to that mix as well.
According to unofficial pressbox statistics, Ogletree had five tackles and a pass defended.
S T.J. McDonald, third round, No. 71 overall: McDonald missed his sixth game of the year after fracturing his leg against San Francisco. He’s currently on the injured reserve/designated to return list but getting closer to a return every day.
WR Stedman Bailey, third round, No. 92 overall: Bailey didn’t get as many snaps as he did last week despite the indications throughout the week that he would. That’s possibly more a product of the Rams’ big lead and run-oriented attack as they ground down the clock in the second half.
Bailey played just seven snaps but his biggest impact was felt on special teams where he played 19 snaps, had a tackle and provided solid blocking on the outside.
OL Barrett Jones, fourth round, No. 113 overall: Jones was a pre-game inactive and did not play for the 10th consecutive game. He remains behind Tim Barnes as the team’s third center and second backup interior lineman.
CB Brandon McGee, fifth round, No. 149 overall: He played 15 special teams plays and contributed an assist on one. He injured his hip during the game but his status moving forward is unknown.
RB Zac Stacy, fifth round, No. 160 overall: It was tougher sledding for Stacy this week but the Rams didn’t hesitate to keep feeding him the ball, especially after jumping out to a big lead.
Stacy played 46 snaps on offense and finished with 62 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and two catches for 6 yards.
Undrafted rookie roundup: Running back Benny Cunningham played nine snaps on offense and nine more in special teams but had his best professional game as Stacy’s primary backup. He had seven carries for 72 yards to lead the team in rushing and broke a 56-yard run. … The dynamic special teams duo of linebackers Daren Bates and Ray Ray Armstrong again were prevalent with 20 snaps in that area each and one more on defense for Armstrong. Armstrong had two special teams tackles. … Safety Cody Davis had a really impressive performance on his 15 special teams plays and added a stop inside Indianapolis’ 10.