As Cardinals make big trade for Zach Ertz, Rams have defenders trading places

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
Zach Ertz (86) ratings a goal Thursday throughout his last video game with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals finished a trade for the tight end Friday. (Abundant Schultz / Associated Press)

The Rams are a little less than 2 weeks eliminated from their loss to the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, a defeat that dropped them into 2nd location in the NFC West.

And they are a little more than 2 weeks far from the NFL trade due date of Nov. 2.

The Cardinals revealed Friday they want to invest for a champion run — and potentially keep the Rams at bay — when they traded for tight end Zach Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowl choice for the Philadelphia Eagles. Ertz changes Maxx Williams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Rams coach Sean McVay was an interested observer.

“Zach certainly has a resumé that speaks for itself, and I can understand the rationale behind the decision,” McVay stated as his group continued preparations for their roadway video game Sunday versus the New York City Giants.

The Rams do not play the Cardinals once again till Dec. 13 in Arizona. By that time, both group’s lineups might alter since of injuries, trades and free-agent finalizings.

The Rams have a current history of making splashy, impactful relocations near or at the trade due date.

In 2018, they traded for edge rush Dante Fowler Jr., who assisted them make a go to Super Bowl LIII and in 2019 accumulated a career-best 11½ sacks prior to delegating sign a free-agent agreement with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2019, in different offers, the Rams traded for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey and offending lineman Austin Corbett.

The Rams have actually made Ramsey, a two-time All-Pro, the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history. Corbett has actually become a reliable starter at ideal guard and is because of end up being an unlimited totally free representative after the season.

Will the Rams make another huge trade?

“You won’t see any big splash moves, like maybe you’ve seen from us in the past,” McVay stated. “It doesn’t look like that could occur.

“I would never say never.”

McVay and basic supervisor Les Snead have the next couple of weeks to choose as the Rams (4-1) start a stretch of 4 non-division video games versus groups that have actually had their battles this season. The Giants (1-4), Detroit Lions (0-5), Houston Texans (1-4) and Tennessee Titans (3-2) have a combined 5-15 record.

Rams cornerback Robert Rochell breaks up a pace intended for Seattle's Tyler Lockett.
Rams cornerback Robert Rochell separates a pass meant for Seattle’s Tyler Lockett. (Ben VanHouten / Associated Press)

The Rams do not appear to have a significant requirement, however might check out including cornerback depth depending upon how the next 2 video games play out.

Beginning cornerback Darious Williams is on hurt reserve for a minimum of the next 3 video games since of an ankle injury suffered last Thursday throughout a 26-17 success over the Seattle Seahawks, a win that enhanced the Rams’ record to 1-1 in the department.

The Rams will try to change him with a mix of novice Robert Rochell, third-year professional David Long and second-year professional Terrell Citizen. The Rams likewise are anticipated to promote Dont’e Deayon from the practice team for Sunday.

The Cardinals and Rams might make it a two-team race in the NFC West if the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are not able to weather injuries suffered by their quarterbacks.

The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson had surgical treatment today to fix his ideal middle finger, which he hurt versus the Rams.

Oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a calf injury throughout an Oct. 3 loss to the Seahawks and remained a 17-10 defeat Sunday to the Cardinals. Novice Trey Lance began in location of Garoppolo. The 49ers are off today.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.