Michael Hoecht signed with the Rams in 2020 as an undrafted free agent defensive lineman. He performed on particular groups and as a rotational defensive participant till the Rams launched outdoors linebacker Justin Hollins just a few weeks in the past.
Now defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is taking part in Hoecht in a hybrid position — and it paid off in opposition to the Seahawks.
Hoecht sacked Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith within the second quarter, after which sacked him once more within the third, hitting Smith’s arm and knocking the ball throughout the road of scrimmage. Security Taylor Rapp recovered the fumble.
“I saw Geno hold the ball out there — and we run so many drills, that’s just kind of second nature to get the arm out there and get the ball out,” Hoecht stated. “I thought, seeing the ball that far down field, that he got the ball off, so I thought I actually got robbed.”