Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The great play of Los Angeles Rams starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson on Sunday showed many fans on why he was ranked the highest and the number one corner on the market. Johnson in his sixth season as a member of the Rams showed the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien that he wasn't a lie, by showing him the Truth with his defensive play.
Early in the first quarter, the Rams took a quick 3-0 lead over the Colts, as Tolzien attempted to complete a pass to wide receiver T.Y.Hilton, who was being covered by Johnson. Hilton, blanketed by Johnson coverage, couldn't do anything but watch Johnson intercept his intended pass and took it to the house for a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Trumaine Johnson's Pick Six
This past off-season, Johnson was criticized by many fans of not working out a long-term contract extension to remain with the organization. The season prior, the Rams took a gamble by placing the franchise tag on Johnson that allowed Janoris Jenkins to walk away and sign with the New York Giants. Unable to come to a long-term deal with Johnson that offseason, the Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson earning him nearly $14 million for the season.RSS Feed
Johnson and the Rams couldn’t work out a long-term deal this offseason either, as they placed the tag on him for the second consecutive season, earning him $16.7 million for the season. Both sides, being unable to come to terms, before the start of training camp, Johnson reported that it was clear he was not part of the Ram's plan moving forward. Rarely, do a team will find a cornerback standing 6-foot-2-inches, 210 pounds. They surely need to find a way to keep Johnson in Los Angeles to continue to work in a Wade Phillips defense.
The Rams placed a spanking on the visiting Colts on Sunday, as Johnson would end the day with one interception, one touchdown for 39 yards, two tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass deflected. I'm confident, how about you, but Johnson showed up like he was having fun wearing the horns on Sunday. Defensive Coordinator Phillips seemed to be quite happy with Johnson's play, as he merely played a flawless game.
With the coverage Johnson played against the elite receiver, T.Y. Hilton, it visibly clear that Rams General Manager Les Snead will need to find a solution of trying to get this young Ram’s defense resigned with long-term deals.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree is playing in the final year of his contract of $8 million, as well as LeMarcus Joyner whom will be seeking extension talk. To add to the equation, recent holdout Aaron Donald is currently looking for an extension as well to his rookie contract.
No doubt about it, Jeff Fisher thumbprint will remain on this organization no matter how you try to erase his memory, as he stockpiled a great defense with great talented players. Without a doubt, as Johnson was part of Fisher's first draft class out of the University of Montana, he has been a great player despite his miserable 2016 season.
Expect to see Johnson contract negotiation become worked out within the next several weeks when the Rams face the Dallas Cowboys. Not a question that Tru will be matched up against the Cowboys best receiver Dez Bryant. If Johnson contains Bryant all game, we'll have to watch for the ticker of an extension for Johnson to be reported.
Johnson's play on the field is No Lie; he Tells The TRUth!