2 Rams Rookies achieve career firsts in Texans rout
Two members of the 2021 Los Angeles Rams Draft Class had their “Welcome to NFL Times” in Houston on Sunday, October 31.
And the two came in among the following: a trade involving Kenny Young, DeSean Jackson placed on the trading block and another prized rookie Tutu Atwell starting late with a shoulder injury.
But Ernest Jones and Ben Skowronek can finally see updated stats on their personal Rams bio and on websites like Pro Football Reference or Pro Football Focus. And their games won praise from fans and Rams alike who couldn’t be on the court in the Texans’ 38-22 loss.
Jones gets the ball
Before Sunday’s frolics at “H-Town,” the last time the South Carolina rookie linebacker snatched any picks was in 2019: when he caught two interceptions and his last appearance on November 9, 2019 against Appalachian State.
But in the second quarter with less than 8:15 to go to halftime, and Jones playing the job vacated by more recent Denver Bronco Young, Jones ended his nearly two-year drought take … and brought the Rams close. from the Houston 10-yard line:
Jones, in charge of the middle left side of the pitch, followed the eyes of Texans quarterback Davis Mills. Mills rolled to his left in an attempt to hit the wide lunge receiver that was following an intermediate crossing route. Jones has followed all the way. And he got the love of social media afterwards.
There was also this prediction from a Rams fan, making comparisons to a Ram legend from the Super Bowl 2000 team seen here.
But outside of the fans, Jones’ defensive teammate Sebastian Joseph-Day – who had a chest injury – was cheering on the rookie.
And Jones quickly made PFF’s Sosa Kremenjas forget Young.
Along with the interception, Jones finished leading the Rams in tackles and solo stops in the road victory.
And, Jones was given another soccer ball in Houston: the game ball courtesy of head coach Sean McVay.
‘Benny Skow’ gets on the receiving sheet
Skowronek not only entered the league as a seventh round Norte Dame who also had an early stint with Northwestern, but came to the Rams as the nephew of a member of the Super Bowl 2000 champion: Trent Green.
With Jackson not in Houston, Atwell on the sidelines, Van Jefferson limping briefly and the game out of reach, Skowronek had the chance to ride routes alongside Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
And it didn’t take long for “Benny Skow” to catch the Texans off guard.
The Rams Brothers podcast instantly became Skowronek fans.
Skowronek was not only one of Ram’s seven receivers who caught an assist on Sunday, but he joined Jefferson, Woods and tight end Tyler Higbee as WR who did three takes in the victory of 16 points. Skowronek went on to average 10 yards per catch against the Texans.
All in all, it was a game of firsts and an unforgettable game for two newcomers to the Rams who received their game elevation at Halloween in Houston.