SAN FRANCISCO -- 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 23-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
WR Tavon Austin, first round, No. 8 overall: Austin had one of his busiest days in recent memory, playing 49 snaps on offense and 10 on special teams but that didn’t necessarily equal big production. Austin made some important catches to pick up first downs, but he didn’t produce a big play as he did against Chicago and Indianapolis. He finished with four catches for 25 yards and didn’t manage much on return opportunities.
LB Alec Ogletree, first round, No. 30 overall: Ogletree continues to play almost every snap with the defense, getting 66 against the Niners and four more on special teams. It was an active day for Ogletree, who managed a team-leading 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Good work by the first-round pick against the run but he had some struggles in coverage. That's a bit of a role reversal from his usual production.
S T.J. McDonald, third round, No. 71 overall: McDonald continues to work his way back from a broken shin and knocked off some more rust against the Niners. McDonald looked better this week than last in his 62 defensive snaps, with seven on special teams. He finished with five tackles, one for loss and a pass defended. By his own admission, there’s still plenty of work to be done to make progress in the final four games of the year.
WR Stedman Bailey, third round, No. 92 overall: Bailey continues to find himself more involved, playing 22 snaps on offense and 17 more on special teams. He didn’t get a ton of opportunities with four targets but he did make three catches for 46 yards. He also narrowly missed a chance for a big play on a fake punt that was blown up before he could get his hands on the ball.
OL Barrett Jones, fourth round, No. 113 overall: Jones was a pre-game inactive and did not play for the 12th consecutive game. He remains behind Tim Barnes as the team’s third center and second backup interior lineman right now.
CB Brandon McGee, fifth round, No. 149 overall: McGee suffered a foot injury during the week and it, combined with the return of cornerback Trumaine Johnson from a concussion, kept McGee mostly in a special teams role. McGee played one snap on defense and 17 more on special teams as he did not post any statistics in the unofficial pressbox numbers.
RB Zac Stacy, fifth round, No. 160 overall: It was tough sledding against San Francisco’s stout run defense for Stacy, who handled the bulk of the work at running back by getting 55 plays with the offense. He finished with 72 yards on 19 carries and had one catch for a loss of a yard.
Undrafted rookie roundup: Backup running back Benny Cunningham wasn't nearly as involved this week, playing just five snaps on offense and getting two carries for 16 yards. … Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong and safety Cody Davis got their usual special teams work with 20 plays for Armstrong and 14 for Davis. Armstrong had an assist and Davis had a tackle and a penalty according to unofficial pressbox statistics. … Linebacker Daren Bates, a special teams mainstay was a bit of a surprise as a pregame inactive.