Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joyner Brings 'Honey Badger' Qualities to Rams

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joyner Brings 'Honey Badger' Qualities to Rams

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NFL scouts are among many who have made the comparison, and Lamarcus Joyner has heard them. Joyner, drafted Friday by the Rams with the ninth pick of the second round, plays the nickel and free safety positions, isn't a blazer and is undersized, but plays with a lot of passion and with good instinct.

Kind of like Tyrann Mathieu, aka the "Honey Badger," who was a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Joyner is 5-feet-8, 184 pounds. Mathieu is 5-9, 188.

"Yes, I've heard it," Joyner said of the comparison. "I respect Tyrann Mathieu and everything he did. He's a great football player and he's gonna be a great football player in the NFL.

"But I want to be compared to no one. I'm Lamarcus Joyner. He's Tyrann Mathieu. He's a great player. I'm on my way to being a great player. I respect him. But I just want to let everybody know, I'm just Lamarcus Joyner."

Point taken.

Teammates AGAIN

Running back Tre Mason is joining an Auburn teammate from this past season in offensive lineman Greg Robinson, who was selected by the Rams in Round 1. And Joyner will reunite with a former teammate in fact a former teammate in the Florida State secondary in Greg Reid.

Reid has had some off-field issues and was jailed for a probation violation after being signed by the Rams in late March as a rookie free agent. Reid has been at Rams Park for several weeks now.

"Oh man, that's gonna be great," Joyner said. "It's so special to watch a guy like Greg Reid be recruited before me coming out of high school. And I was able to play at Florida State with him before he went through his devastating moment.

"And now to see him at the next level, and I'm coming right behind him again. Nothing's changed but the weather. It's like deja vu. I love Greg Reid. He's a great person. He's a great friend."

Mason's role

Coach Jeff Fisher indicated that Mason, picked Friday in the third round, would be a change-of-pace back for the Rams. That is a pretty strong indication that he'll be the team's No. 2 back, behind starter Zac Stacy. Fisher's teams generally carry a lot of running backs, but Isaiah Pead and/or Daryl Richardson could be on notice. …

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