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You’ve got to look really hard to find a positive in Sunday’s 45-21 defeat in Denver. But there was at least one: safety Bacarri Rambo’s performance.
Rambo started the first two games of the season but did not play on defense in Weeks 3-7. Then Brandon Meriweather got suspended. Reed Doughty suffered a concussion against the Bears. And, in Denver, Jose Gumbs sustained an ankle injury early on.
It took all of that, but Rambo finally got his second chance.
“I was ready,” he said Thursday. “I believed in myself. I felt prepared. I just felt more experienced, felt like the game slowed down a whole lot for me. Studying game film allowed me to go out there and have fun and ball out. I felt like I had a lot of confidence going into the game. I was mentally ready and physically ready.”
A day after head coach Mike Shanahan called Rambo’s performance “excellent”, defensive coordinator noted that Rambo played more decisively.
“I thought he did a nice job,” Haslett said. “He had one missed tackle, which is outstanding. You can see he got his confidence back. I was proud of the way he played.”
Rambo finished Sunday’s game with nine combined tackles, including one for a loss. The 23-year-old said getting benched forced him to change his work habits.
“I study harder,” he said. “I study my opponents better and I look over my tip sheets so it allows the game to slow down for me.”
With Meriweather due to return from his one-game suspension and Doughty hoping to play, it’s unclear how much playing time Rambo will get against the Chargers. But he hopes last week’s effort has, at the very least, earned him an opportunity to reprove himself.
“Hopefully the coaches notice, will see that I’m prepared and they can believe in me,” the sixth-round pick said. “And they’ll probably give me more playing time. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do and put everything else in the coaches’ hands.”