Aaron Donald’s desire to improve should terrify Rams opponents

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The Los Angeles Rams can’t wait to see what the 2019 season has in store for Aaron Donald after another impressive campaign last year.

Isn’t it crazy to think about this time last year with all of the concerns surrounding Aaron Donald being absent from offseason programs with the Los Angeles Rams as a result of being unhappy over his contract situation?

Thank goodness the two sides were able to reach an agreement on a hefty extension right before the start of Week 1 last season since the Rams and Donald can focus most of their attention on the upcoming 2019 season.

After coming up short the way they did in Super Bowl 53 against the New England Patriots, one can only imagine the high level of motivation Los Angeles will be playing with one things get underway in September, especially on Donald’s end.

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From Donald’s perspective, it was easy to understand the frustration over his contract situation since the Rams were clearly getting a steal when matched to his production.

Seeing how Donald was able to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors for a second year in a row on top of recording a career high 20.5 sacks despite missing all of training camp and preseason again, the Rams clearly made the right decision with the hefty extension.

With that being said, even the best athletes in the NFL realize there are always ways to improve, and while it may be tough for some football fans to imagine this with Donald, it is great to hear the defensive tackle acknowledge this about himself.

As much praise as the offense has received over the last two years for Los Angeles under Sean McVay, there’s no way the Rams are as successful without Donald’s presence on the defensive side of the football.

Donald has made it clear over these last five seasons that he’s quite the special player with one of the best work ethics across the NFL, and should be in for another strong campaign in 2019 to help the Rams earn a third-straight NFC West title.

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Opponents were already terrified to face Donald for the most part before, but after hearing the defensive star discuss how he’s continuing to work on fixing some of his weaknesses, that fear should be taken to a whole new level.