Rams’ Jordan Fuller has night to hold onto in win over Bucs, Tom Brady

Jordan Fuller was a toddler when Tom Brady broke into the NFL.

Monday night, the 22-year-old rookie safety of the Rams got something from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 43-year-old quarterback that he will cherish when He is an old man.

Fuller grabbed an interception of a Brady pass in the third quarter and held the ball as a keepsake, then added a second interception and a second keepsake at the end of the fourth for Rams ’27 -24 victory over the Bucs in Tampa.

“They will be in the man cave someday,” Fuller said of the balls in a video conference with reporters right after the game.

It was Fuller’s second game since returning from missing three with a shoulder and neck injury.

“Being on IR was tough,” said Fuller, who had a game-saving tackle in the Rams’ Week 1 win over Dallas. “It just felt great to be back. I definitely have things to clean up, but I was happy to play a big part. ”

DEPARTMENT LEADERS

The Rams played for first place in their game on Monday-evening in Tampa Bay. Whether they knew or not.

Wide receiver Robert Woods admitted on Friday that he wasn’t sure where the Rams stood in the NFC West standings.

“I thought we were (number) 1. Did things change last night?” Woods said, referring to the Seahawks’ victory over the Cardinals.

While the Rams have at times shared the best record in the division with Seattle and Arizona, the NFL tiebreakers always left them in second or third place after weeks 1-10.

But the Rams are 7-3 after beating the Buccaneers, pushing them from second to first for the 7-3 Seahawks, as LA’s head-to-head win over Seattle gave them an edge in the first tiebreaker.

They move from sixth to second place in the NFC seedings.

CHOOSE TO KICK

Matt Gay officially became the third kicker of the season for the Rams when the team chose not to promote Austin MacGinnis to the exhibition squad for Monday’s game.

Gay, who signed from the exhibition squad of the Colts on November 17, replaces Kai Forbath, who sprained an ankle in his second game after replacing rookie Samuel Sloman.

Gay kicked the winning field goal, a 40-year-old with 2:36 to play, against the team that fielded him and released him after one season in 2019.

“It’s quite a crazy story coming back to Tampa,” said Gay. “There are many emotions.”

MOVES

To add depth, the Rams reportedly claimed Derek Rivers, a third round of the 2017 draft pick and back-up defensive end that was waived by the New England Patriots last week. The claim will go official on Tuesday.

Safety JR Reed was elevated from the exhibition squad to the active squad for Monday’s game, strengthening the position with an injured Taylor Rapp.

Practice team tight side Kendall Blanton came off the COVID-19 reserve list. He is one of three rams listed on Nov. 18, meaning they were tested positive or exposed to someone who did.

THE NEXT

The Rams host the San Francisco 49ers (4-6) on Sundays at 1:05 pm at SoFi Stadium.

While McVay has a short week to get the Rams ready after playing Monday, Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are getting off a week off.

The teams’ first meeting was a 24-16 Rams defeat in week 6. Since then, the Rams have been 3-1 after Monday’s win, and the Niners are 1-3 and put quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle. on the injured reserve.

BRADY’S REACTION

Brady said he was “disappointed” with his performance, especially the second interception, an overthrow against Cameron Brate.

Just a bad reading. Bad throw, decision, everything. That can’t happen, ”said Brady.

Bucs’ quarterback said the Rams loved him to complete deep passes.

“They play a kind of defense that makes them hard to hit,” said Brady. “It’s not impossible to hit them, but they are tight.”

NUMEROLOGY

Robert Woods (12 for 130 yards, one touchdown) and Cooper Kupp (11 for 145 yards) are the first Rams duo ever to both catch 10 or more passes in the same game. …

The Rams’ 37 points on opening stages this season are the second highest in the league. …

Leading tackler? Troy Hill, Jalen Ramsey, John Johnson, Micah Kiser and Michael Brockers were tied with six tackles each.

HUMBLY BEGINNING

For Sean McVay, the Tampa Bay game was a journey back to his roots as a professional footballer.

McVay’s first coaching job was as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Buccaneers in 2008, Jon Gruden’s last season as Bucs head coach.

“What I remember is that I didn’t know anything,” McVay told reporters in Tampa last week. “I got into that one season and had a great experience with the Bucs, but I really just showed a willingness to do anything. I was actually more of a secretary than a real coach, but I was lucky to be around a lot of great guys. ”