Value picks: Rams CB Johnson extends interception streak to 4 games

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson has an interception in four consecutive games.
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Timing is everything for St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson – both on and off the field.

Johnson has been a difference-maker down the stretch for the Rams, recording an interception in his fourth consecutive game to help St. Louis complete a season sweep with a 23-17 victory at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

“He’s getting his hands on the ball and he’s making plays,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after Sunday's win. “In addition to the interceptions, he’s breaking up a lot of passes, which is good. So he’s feeling good. And I think you could also agree that he’s tackling very well. He’s bringing a lot of contact to ball carriers, receivers, and tight ends.”

Johnson ended a historic streak with Sunday's pick of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who had 19 touchdown passes and zero interceptions during his previous five games. Wilson is the first quarterback in history with five straight games of at least three scoring passes and no picks.

“It’s a blessing. A lot of film study,” Johnson said after Sunday's game. “I’m speechless right now. I’m happy we got the win. It’s not even about the interceptions. I’m happy that we got the win in Seattle.”

Johnson has boosted his career-best interception total to seven, tied for second in the league with Carolina's Kurt Coleman. Given that both he and fellow cornerback Janoris Jenkins are scheduled to become free agents after the season, Johnson is enhancing his value at the bargaining table – although he deflected the credit for his accomplishments.

“First off, shout out to the D-line. I feel like we have the number one D-line in the NFL,” Johnson said. “They make it easy on us. Hurry up and pressuring the quarterback makes the job easier.”

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