2. Better option in long run is Gaines
Another year of Suh most likely would have resulted in limited action for Gaines as a rookie.
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And if that were the case, Los Angeles would only be delaying the process for their rookie defender gaining the necessary experience to help get him on the necessary level to be a threat in the NFL.
Using players as rentals for the short-term certainly has its benefits in the NFL, but also it can take away from other players in need of the time on the football field.
Without question, the Rams know Gaines will need all of the experience possible since the transition from college to the pros isn’t always smooth sailing, although he seems ready for the challenge based off early impressions.
Suh would have been great to bring back for another year with his presence causing all sorts of problems for opponents, but at least more playing time for Gaines will benefit the rookie and the Rams in the long run.
Defense is going to be key once again for the Rams when it comes to their chances of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl for a second year in a row, and if Gaines can help them achieve this goal, it’s only going to make that fourth-round pick look even more like a steal.