(FootballStL) -- The Rams defense received a jolt of energy from 6 new starters last season. Both rookies came in right away and contributed to a unit that led the NFL in sacks.
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers and cornerback Janoris Jenkins were both selected to a number of all-rookie teams after their first year performances.
Brockers was a first round pick, who added muscle to the Rams defensive line. Brockers’ season looked to be in trouble, after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the Rams final preseason game against the Ravens. After missing 4 regular season games, Brockers rounded into a force in the middle of the Rams line.
Jenkins was a second round selection, who put points on the scoreboard for the Rams defense. Jenkins scored 3 touchdowns last season, while intercepting four passes. Many NFL teams tabbed Jenkins as a first round talent, but off-the-field issues made Jenkins draft status dip.
Eventually, Jenkins was taken in Round 2 and became a playmaking-shutdown corner for the Rams.
While the Rams are expecting big things from these two second-year players, two rookies starters are also looking to make a difference this season.
Safety T.J. McDonald and linebacker Alec Olgetree are settling are learning on this Rams defense. “They’re doing fine,” said Jeff Fisher. “They’re both very instinctive players and they’re intelligent, and they’re studying. Neither one of them is struggling whatsoever in the system and the scheme. They’re making calls so it's good to see. They’re going to be impact players for us”