The Los Angeles Rams won Super Bowl LVI, but an underrated aspect of their run was their depth pieces stepping up when called upon.
There was no greater example of this than Nick Scott, who stepped into a starting safety role after the Rams lost Jordan Fuller and Taylor Rapp to injury. Alongside Eric Weddle, Scott provided much-needed coverage in the middle of the field and played a crucial part in the postseason.
Scott was willing to do what was asked of him but admitted he knew he could contribute more if given the opportunity, via Peter King of NBC Sports/a>:
“When you go out into the world, you’re going to be part of a team. Teams are great, teamwork is great. You embrace your role on that team, but never settle for the role you have. When I got to the Rams, I know they were thinking of me as a special-teams player, but I was thinking of myself as more than that. No one saw the work I was putting in during the offseason when no one was looking. So when I finally got called on to start, I was ready. I knew I could do it.”
Scott was a core member of the special teams unit who played sparingly on the defensive side of the field until the injuries hit. Los Angeles has a knack for being able to develop players to play more meaningful snaps, and Scott is another case of them finding talent to mold around their star core of players.
Heading into the 2022 season, Fuller is expected to resume his starting role, though it is an open question as to whether or not it will be Rapp or Scott lining up opposite of him. It might be a situation to monitor during training camp, but at this point, Scott has definitely earned more playing time.