1. Rams have better chance of living up to Super Bowl hype
Would the Rams still ended up being one of the top contenders in the NFC if Donald’s holdout extended into the regular season? Believe it or not, that’s an easy yes. However, nobody needs to explain just how much of a difference Donald’s presence makes to the defensive line, and now that he’s going to continue being part of the unit for years to come, Los Angeles should continue being viewed as one of the early Super Bowl favorites at the start of each season.
Thanks to last year’s surprise success in which they emerged out of nowhere to win the NFC West, expectations have hit a whole new level for the Rams heading into the 2018 season. This team was already considered one of the top favorites early on in the offseason, but with key additions on both sides of the football, including Suh teaming up with Donald on defense, those expectations quickly became much higher for McVay’s squad.
There’s a reason why Donald is considered one of the best at what he does, and the Rams realize just how lucky they are to have him on the defensive side of the football. Only time will tell when it comes to whether Los Angeles can live up to the hype of making a Super Bowl run, but at least with Donald returning after this long holdout, the Rams have to love their chances.