Cornerback Trumaine Johnson received plenty of praise after his outstanding game against the Colts, and now he has an accolade to go with it.
Johnson was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning. It's his first career Defensive Player of the Week award, and it's also the first time a Rams defensive back has earned the award for Week 1.
The Montana product was all over the field Sunday, scoring Los Angeles' first touchdown of the season on Indianapolis' first pass attempt. On 3rd-and-10, Johnson undercut wide receiver T.Y. Hilton's route, intercepting Scott Tolzien's pass on the defense's right before running down the sideline for a pick six.
Later in the first quarter, Johnson punched the ball out of Hilton's arm after a completed pass, then jumped on the loose ball for a forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play.
"Scoring on defense is big," Johnson said after the game on Sunday. "We put emphasis on that all week. We had a couple pick sixes, a couple turnovers. It was good. It was good for our defense."
The Rams will be back on the practice field on Wednesday in preparation for this week's matchup against Washington.