Bernie’s Ram Bytes: Trading for Barron is a Smart Move

• Bernie Miklasz

Good afternoon.

Let’s talk about the Rams…

1. I view the trade for Tampa Bay strong safety Mark Barron as the Rams’ first move of the 2015 offseason. Sure, Barron can help the Rams now. He’s a box safety, a run enforcer, and a weak Rams’ run defense need his muscle. And Barron can do his part to strengthen a vulnerability: containing outside runs that have repeatedly gone for big gains.

2. In 2012, Barron (as a rookie) was rated No. 9 among NFL safeties by Pro Football Focus in “stop percentage” on running plays when lining up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage. (In other words: in the box.) Last season, Barron was ranked No. 2 by PFF in stop percentage among safeties when setting up in the box. This year his stop percentage is down; Barron clearly has struggled to adjust to coach Lovie Smith’s Cover 2 defensive scheme. I would imagine that the Rams will keep it relatively simple for Barron by turning him loose to make tackles.

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Quick-Hit Thoughts on Rams’ Acquisition of Mark Barron –Stalter

By Anthony Stalter

I usually use my weekly column space to break down the three plays that defined a Rams win or loss, but you saw the Kansas City game. It wasn’t pretty. If you want to relive that 34-7 monstrosity, then be my guest. However, just thinking of re-watching that game again (and from different angles, no less!) makes my head hurt.

So here are my quick-hit thoughts on the Rams’ decision to acquire safety Mark Barron from the Bucs in exchange for a fourth- and sixth-round pick on Tuesday at the trade deadline.

Did the Rams just trade for T.J. McDonald? As previously noted, Barron’s strengths come when he’s playing closer to the line of scrimmage, where he can make an impact defending the run. But he struggles in coverage, frequently getting himself out of position when asked to cover a lot of ground.

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What Mark Barron Brings to the Rams –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — As NFL trade deadline deals go, the swap between the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers qualifies as the closest thing to a blockbuster that took place on Tuesday afternoon.

The Rams dealt a fourth- and sixth-round pick to the Bucs in exchange for safety Mark Barron, who was the Bucs’ No. 7 overall pick just two years ago.

With that in mind, I asked ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas to provide a little insight on what the Rams are getting in Barron.

Obvious question first, why didn’t it work out between the Bucs and Mark Barron?

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Morning Ram-blings: Costly Losses –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — The on-field value of injuries at key positions such as quarterback, left tackle, defensive end and receiver can be difficult to measure. But the value in dollars is much easier to measure.

In looking at the St. Louis Rams’ injured reserve list less than halfway through the 2014 season, the severity of those injuries is most easily recognized with the use of a dollar sign.

Our friends at overthecap.com offered a closer look at what the Rams have lost and some of the decisions they’ll have to make in the upcoming offseason. Along with that, ESPN NFL Insider columnist Mike Sando offered a glimpse at some of the same issues in this Insider column.

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