Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Packers-Rams Preview: RG Austin Blythe is an under-the-radar player to watch

We asked Turf Show Times for some names of players who Packers fans don’t know yet but should for Sunday.


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This week, the Green Bay Packers suit up in Los Angeles against a Rams team with a lot of star power. We know many of the names: Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh on defense, Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and Brandin Cooks on offense.
However, there are 22 starters and 46 active players on gameday, and there will be several names that fans of opposing teams either don’t know or are relatively unfamiliar with. With that in mind, we asked Joe McAtee of Turf Show Times to break down a few of those under-the-radar players for us so we have a better idea of who supports the stars.
Here’s what Joe had to say.
The Rams are in a unique position of having a ton of notables on offense, especially for fantasy football players. QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley and the WR trio of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who’s doubtful for this one and likely out, are all known commodities. Perhaps, though, Packers fans don’t know just how good the offensive line has been this season.
As good as the Packers’ line has been, PFF ranked the Rams even better as the #1 OL in the entire NFL after Week 6. The most surprising component? RG Austin Blythe. A UDFA from 2016 who the Rams grabbed from Indianapolis Colts cuts last season, Blythe was the backup to RG Jamon Brown in 2017. But a two-game suspension for Brown opened the door for Blythe, and he has been fantastic in response.
On defense, there are less known quantities. LB Cory Littleton is one of the most versatile weapons for the Rams. He’s fantastic in special teams play, and has contributed well as a linebacker to match. I’d be mostly worried about him blocking a sixth punt if only because he’s been so ridiculously gifted in that area. And with rookie LB Trevon Young doubtful as well on the injury report, keep an eye out for #94 DE/OLB John Franklin-Myers in rotation. A fourth-round rookie out of Stephen F. Austin, he hasn’t gotten a ton of time, but given the jump in competition from SFA to the NFL he has looked impressive at times.
And watch for S John Johnson III. He’s leading the Rams in interceptions and is a fine two-way safety. He’s only started 18 games in his young career, so there’s reason to think there’s untapped potential. Given how good he’s looked to this point, that’s pretty scary for opposing offenses in general.
Once again, thanks to Joe at TST and head over there to see our response to the same prompt.

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