Lamarcus Joyner
Lamarcus Joyner
28-Year-Old SafetyS
Oakland Raiders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An undersized but hard-nosed safety with slot corner ability, Joyner is a better real-life player since his corner reps limit his tackle upside and his coverage skills lead quarterbacks to throw elsewhere. He could play more than 1,000 snaps this year after the Raiders paid up in free agency to lure him from the Rams, however, and Joyner likely would have surpassed the 80-tackle mark if the Rams hadn't sat their starters Week 17. His tackle rate could improve as he leads an Oakland defense that needs more cleaning up at the second and third levels than the Rams did. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $42 million contract with the Raiders in March of 2019.
May play slot cornerback
SOakland Raiders
March 26, 2019
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.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Lamarcus Joyner's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 8"
185 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
Broad Jump
124 in
Bench Press
14 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The two big fish Los Angeles added to its secondary this offseason - 2016 All Pro cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib - will get most of the attention, but Joyner finished the 2017 season as Pro Football Focus' fifth-ranked safety league-wide and is an impactful player in his own right. With that said, Joyner hasn't been overly productive in the tackle column during his career and consequently makes for a risky IDP option ahead of the 2018 campaign. The upside here is that he could have a career year while the Rams' talented defensive line - anchored by reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and three-time first-team All-Pro Ndamukong Suh - provides opposing quarterbacks little time to make good decisions downfield.
While Joyner started just eight of the 14 games he appeared in last season, he still totaled 66 tackles (50 solo) and five passes defended. The former second-round pick was undersized (5-8) as a cornerback and is expected to start at free safety in 2017. The move should be a nice fit for Joyner to take advantage of his opportunistic instincts. The promotion puts him in line to post a career-best fantasy season, making Joyner an intriguing late-round flier.
Once a second-round pick, Joyner finally began to live up to his pedigree having racked up 72 tackles, six passes defensed and two sacks in 2015. At press time, he appears to have secured the Rams' No. 2 cornerback job and could be a sneaky IDP pick opposite the likes of Trumaine Johnson.
Joyner was originally projected at safety heading into 2014, but due to an injury bug ended up playing more at cornerback. A groin injury cut his season short, as he had amassed 22 tackles in the three games before being injured. He should see a lot of time as the nickel back this season, especially because E.J. Gaines is out for the year.
The Rams are high on Joyner after selecting him in the second round out of Florida State. He is a quick, albeit undersized, defensive back and could compete for playing time at corner and/or safety.
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Settles in Oakland
SLos Angeles Rams
March 11, 2019
The Raiders are drawing close to agreement on a contract with Joyner, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Won't be franchise tagged
SLos Angeles Rams
March 1, 2019
Joyner will not receive the franchise tag from the Rams ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
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Expected to practice Tuesday
SLos Angeles Rams
January 7, 2019
Coach Sean McVay said he anticipates that Joyner (ankle) will fully participate in Tuesday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
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Expected to be ready by playoffs
SLos Angeles Rams
January 2, 2019
Joyner (ankle) is expected to be ready for the playoffs, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Won't play Week 17
SLos Angeles Rams
December 28, 2018
Joyner (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
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