Greg Gaines continues to receive extra hype during first season with Rams

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Expectations are high for Greg Gaines heading into his first NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019.

Over the last couple of years, the Los Angeles Rams have established a reputation for landing great value in NFL Drafts, and if all goes well moving forward, Greg Gaines will become part of that list.

Back in April, the Rams decided to use a fourth-round pick on the Washington product to help fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh on the defensive side of the football, which is obviously going to be easier said than done.

Gaines may never actually reach the same level as Suh since the former first-round pick has proven to be a one of a kind player throughout his career with the way he plows through defenders, but also this isn’t going to stop the rookie from at least trying.

As mentioned before, Los Angeles has received all sorts of praise during the Sean McVay era for doing their homework during drafts, and it seems like only a matter of time before Gaines is viewed as a “steal” from this year’s draft.

With that being said, Maurice Moton recently put together a list for Bleacher Report of each team’s biggest sleeper heading into training camp, and with Gaines already receiving a ton of hype since the draft, no one should be surprised to see the defender’s name listed for the Rams.

Even if Los Angeles needs to be a little extra patient at the beginning since making the transition from college to the pros can sometimes be a struggle, from an overall perspective, Gaines makes it seem like the patience will pay off.

Plus, Suh may no longer be part of the picture for the Rams after they believed all of that money would be better off spent elsewhere, but at least Gaines can still benefit from one of the best players the league has to offer in Aaron Donald.

Rightfully so, Los Angeles’ offense has received plenty of praise for the work put in over the last two seasons to become a serious threat in the NFC, but the defense deserves just as much credit, especially after the Super Bowl in February.

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Only time will tell when it comes to seeing how Gaines’ first NFL season plays out, but the fact that Moton and other football fans are already recognizing his potential adds to the list of reasons as to why there’s so much excitement for the rookie entering camp.