Coach Jon Gruden hinted that Joyner may play slot cornerback rather than safety, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. The Raiders don't have a great alternative to start alongside Karl Joseph at safety, so they may use Joyner at different spots in the base defense and nickel/dime packages. The 2014 second-round pick is joining Oakland on a four-year, $42 million contract after starting 27 games at free safety for the Rams the past two seasons. Given his reliable work in coverage, Joyner should be an asset to the defense wherever he lines up, though Joseph is the better bet for high-end IDP production.
Joyner will not receive the franchise tag from the Rams ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. Joyner played under the franchise tag in 2018, but Rams general manager Les Snead said Thursday that the team doesn't have plans on utilizing that designation for 2019. The two sides were unable to agree to a long-term deal prior to last year's summer deadline, and now the team is apparently willing to let the 28-year-old safety head into free agency. Joyner had a career-high 79 tackles (58 solo) with one sack and one interception in 15 starts for the Rams in 2018.
Joyner (ankle) is expected to be ready for the playoffs, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Joyner will have the luxury of a first-round bye to grab some added rest. While it's far from certain, the Rams' high-level of optimism is reassuring, and Joyner seems to be on the right track to play.
Joyner (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. Joyner left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and has yet to practice this week. Should he be ruled out, look for Blake Countess or Marqui Christian to take over as starter, according to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Joyner is day-to-day after exiting Sunday's game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. Joyner had three solo tackles before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. The 28-year-old's status should receive some additional clarity once the Rams return to practice Wednesday. Marqui Christian would likely start at free safety should Joyner be unable to play Week 17.
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