It's baptism under fire for Rams McGee

By Howard Balzer

With cornerback Cortland Finnegan on injured reserve and Trumaine Johnson leaving the game against the Bears with a concussion, rookie cornerback Brandon McGee was pressed into action. McGee played 56 of the team's 79 defensive snaps. Prior to Sunday's game, he had played just five snaps on defense all season: one against Jacksonville and four against Carolina.

He picked up three crucial penalties, including one for illegal contact on third-and-22 that wiped out a Janoris Jenkins interception and led to a Bears touchdown that cut the Rams' lead to 21-14 in the second quarter.

Coach Jeff Fisher said McGee "did good." Added Fisher, "He had several penalties. The one - the third-and-22 - we'd like to see them officiate kind of like a 'loose five' they call it. I think it's right about seven yards and it had no effect on the play. One of the things I think has happened with Brandon downfield is that the roles he's playing in special teams, you get a little grabby here and there so he hasn't been playing any defense, but we'll get that stuff corrected. But from a physical standpoint, he filled the run well. He didn't make any mistakes, and so I thought overall with the win, considering the win, that was a good effort, first outing."

Johnson didn't practice Wednesday, but was limited Thursday. McGee was added to the injury report Thursday after injuring his foot in practice.

Howard Balzer will be contributing to KSDK Sports throughout the 2013 season. Howard hosts "H and Friends" Monday-Friday from 9-11 on Fox Sports 1490 The Champ. He is also a host on SiriusXM NFL radio and one of 44 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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