Joyner finished as the third-highest rated safety in the league during the 2017 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Not only was 2017 easily the best season of Joyner's career, it came in the final year of his contract. He'll be chasing a sizeable pay raise now, and the Rams will likely look to keep him around after the success the entire defense had this season. It's definitely worth noting that he sustained a hamstring injury that cost three games and also played through a shoulder ailment late in the year, so there's potential for even better results with a clean bill of health and a full season of experience as a starter entering 2018.
Joyner (shoulder) was a full participant at Friday's practice and is slated to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles as a result.
Joyner was able to shed his injury designation heading into the weekend after failing to practice on Thursday due to a shoulder injury. Through nine games this season, Joyner has logged 34 tackles, nine passes defensed, three interceptions and a defensive touchdown.
It's unknown when Joyner suffered the shoulder injury as he logged 64 snaps in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. However, the Rams will be cautious with the safety, as they will need him to help defend against Carson Wentz and the high-flying Eagles.
Joyner logged 63 of 64 defensive snaps Sunday against the Cardinals, recording five tackles, three pass breakups and one interception.
This stellar performance came in the wake of a Week 13 game where his stat line was highlighted by one pass breakup. Inconsistencies like this make it tough to start Joyner weekly, but in turnover-friendly matchups, he can be a steal. Philly has turned the ball over five times in its last two games, so Week 14 could blossom into another nice showing for Joyner.
Joyner played 44 of 49 defensive snaps and recorded three tackles (two solo), an interception and a pass defensed during Sunday's 33-0 win over Arizona.
Joyner had missed the previous three weeks with a hamstring injury, and while he proved his health against the Cards, having extra time to rest with Los Angeles on a bye this week should help the emerging ball hawk. It's worth noting that if the game was close he probably would have played every defensive snap Sunday. Joyner also intercepted a pass in his previous outing against San Francisco in Week 3, and the four-year veteran owns the instincts and athleticism to continue making a fantasy impact down the stretch. He might not be the most reliable week-to-week option, though.
|2014||St. Louis Rams||10||40||35.0||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||72||54.0||18||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||49||39.0||10||0||3||104||34.7||46||1||9|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|