E.J. Gaines

St. Louis Rams

Defensive Back

Date Range


  • Drafted by the Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
  • Signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams through 2017.


ST. LOUIS (2014-present):

  • Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/7): Played in his first NFL game, started at corner, tallied five tackles (three solo) and led the team in in passes defended (two).
  • Week 2 at Tampa Bay (9/14): Started at left corner, tallied seven tackles (five solo).
  • Week 3 vs. Dallas (9/21): Started at left corner, recorded one tackle.
  • Week 5 at Philadelphia (10/5): Started at left corner, recorded his first NFL interception when he picked off a pass from Eagles QB Nick Foles intended for WR Jeremy Maclin. In the second quarter he recovered his first career fumble, tallied seven tackles (four solo) and had one pass defended.
  • Week 6 vs. San Francisco (10/13): Started at left corner, recorded four tackles (three solo), had one pass defensed
  • Week 7 vs. Seattle (10/19): Started at left corner, notched seven solo tackles, had one pass defensed
  • Week 8 at Kansas City (10/26): Started at left corner, recorded a single game high with 11 tackles (nine solo)


  • Gaines, a 2013 1st-Team All-SEC performer, was taken with the 12th pick in the 6th round by the Rams (#188 selection overall).
  • Gaines became the highest-drafted Mizzou cornerback since 1983, when Demetrious Johnson was the #115 overall pick by the Detroit Lions (#3 pick in 5th round).
  • Gaines closed out his stellar Tiger career in 2013 with a career-best 75 tackles and five interceptions on the way to earning 1st-Team All-SEC recognition.
  • He had nine tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown against Auburn in the 2013 SEC Championship Game, and a week prior recorded six tackles against Texas A&M, and helped shut down Aggie WR Mike Evans to just four catches for eight yards in the Tiger win.
  • Gaines was also a 1st-Team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in MU’s last season in that league in 2011.


  • Had a solid junior campaign that saw him lead the team with 11 pass break ups and finish 4th on the squad with a career-high 74 tackles
  • Closed the season in big fashion when he had 10 tackles and added two pass break ups and an interception at Texas A&M
  • The week before against Syracuse saw him break up a season-high three passes while making five tackles against the Orange
  • Had three tackles in the first game of the season – one solo and two assists – and also recorded a tackle for loss
  • Broke up two passes and had three tackles – including one for a loss – in the defeat to Georgia
  • Had five tackles against Arizona State and broke up two passes
  • Added 44 yards on a punt return against the Sun Devils after taking a handoff on a reverse from Marcus Murphy
  • Finished the South Carolina game with seven tackles – third-most on the team (six solo) … Had a monster game at UCF, leading all Mizzou defenders with 13 tackles
  • Of those 13, eight were of the solo variety, while he accumulated two tackles for loss totaling nine yards
  • Also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter which helped ice the victory, and earlier broke up a pass
  • Posted seven tackles (five solo, two assists) . including two tackles for loss against Vanderbilt
  • Posted four tackles (all solo) against Alabama … Was all over the place in the Tigers’ 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky, posting four tackles (three solo, one assist) with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery for a scoop-and-score of 13 yards with a pass break up and a quarterback hit
  • Posted five tackles (all solo), forced a fumble and led Mizzou with two quarterback hits in the Tigers’ 14-7 loss at Florida
  • Was sensational in the Tigers’ 51-48, four overtime win at Tennessee, posing eight tackles, all solos, in the win
  • His eight tackles were second-best on the team in the win.


  • Won the starting job in fall camp and turned in an outstanding season, as he won 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors
  • Set an MU record, and ranked 4th in the NCAA with his 18 passes defended, while he also ranked 5th on the team with 69 tackles
  • Recorded five tackles against Miami (Ohio), three solo and two assisted, in the first start of his career
  • Kept the Redhawks off the scoreboard late in the first half by intercepting a Zac Dysert pass in the end zone after Miami had driven 67 yards down inside the MU 15-yard-line
  • Recorded three tackles – one solo – against Western Illinois
  • In just the second punt return of his career, returned a late fourth quarter kick 44 yards for Mizzou’s final score of the night
  • Recorded five solo tackles and picked off a Landry Jones pass off a deflection in Mizzou’s loss at No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Had the second most tackles on the team against Kansas State with a total of eight … of those eight tackles, seven were solo, while he also registered 2.5 TFL
  • Had a monster game against Iowa State, finishing the game with nine tackles, the second most on the team
  • Also forced his first fumble of the season and broke up a pass against the Cyclones
  • Intercepted Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden in the end zone and returned it 54 yards into Cowboy territory for his second pick of the year
  • Also recorded six tackles and broke up three passes on the day
  • Posted career-bests in tackles (10) and pass breakups (four) against Texas A&M, which helped him earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors
  • Posted a seven tackle day at Baylor while also adding another pass breakup
  • Finished the Texas game with six tackles and two pass breakups
  • Recorded a pair of tackles and two more pass breakups against Texas Tech, giving him 16 for the season which broke previous MU single season record of 15 (set in 2002 by Michael Harden)
  • Posted three tackles against Kansas, including an assisted tackle for loss


  • Earned a letter as a true freshman, as he proved quickly in fall camp that he was ready to contribute to the Tiger defense
  • Played in all 13 games and recorded 26 tackles in all and broke up a pass as he saw time on special teams, and also more and more on defense as the year progressed
  • Made one tackle against Illinois, in his first collegiate appearance
  • Had three stops against McNeese State
  • Added three tackles in both the Miami (Ohio) game Colorado game
  • Had another three-tackle game against Nebraska
  • Best game of the year came at Texas Tech, as he made eight tackles (all solo stops)
  • Recorded two tackles against Kansas and also broke up a pass in MU’s domination of its border rival.


  • A standout two-way player with good instincts, speed and a physical nature to whatever position he’s lined up at
  • Ranked as the No. 9 overall talent in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com, and also by the same outlet as the nation’s No. 51-ranked cornerback prospect
  • Scout.com slotted him as the nation’s No. 52-ranked cornerback talent, while he was ranked by ESPN.com as the nation’s No. 57 cornerback prospect
  • Was a two-time First-Team All-State performer
  • Helped lead his team to the Missouri Class 5 title game as a senior in 2009, before they fell to Webster Groves in the championship game
  • Ran for 78 yards and made three tackles in the title game, as his team held a 14-10 lead late in the third quarter before eventually falling, 31-14
  • Had a monster senior season, as he ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 400 yards, while also starring in the secondary by making 72 tackles and two interceptions
  • Turned in an 89-tackle season as a junior, when he added 5 interceptions (including one he returned for a score) in 2008
  • Added 88 stops and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2007
  • High school coach – Ryan Schartz
  • Also a standout performer in track and basketball for his school, as he won all-state honors in track two different years.


  • Parents – Edwin Gaines & Alta Bailey
  • Interested in studying management at Mizzou
  • Lists hobbies as reading and playing video games, especially Madden Football
  • Has served as a referee for little league basketball games in his spare time
  • Chose Mizzou very early in the recruiting process, soon after receiving a scholarship offer.