Aaron Donald certainly made his presence felt for the Los Angeles Rams during the team’s Week 3 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Despite failing to record a sack over the first two games, the Los Angeles Rams were never concerned over Aaron Donald since they knew it would only be a matter of time before it finally happened for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Turns out, Week 3 was that game for Donald after the Rams star found a way to record his first official sack of 2019 on Baker Mayfield, although there were numerous other opportunities for it to happen.
When taking into consideration that Donald was actually dealing with some back issues leading up to the contest, it was amazing to watch him still find a way to apply the necessary pressure on Mayfield throughout the contest.
Cleveland’s offensive line knew they were going to have their hands full in regards to Donald since there’s a reason why many consider him to be the best defensive players in the league, and it’s safe to say the unit struggled from an overall perspective.
As discussed before, there were some critics questioning when the first official sack for Donald in 2019 would take place since this seemed like a similar issue to the previous two seasons.
But now that Donald was able to get that first one out of the way, this will eliminate another unnecessary distraction moving forward for the Rams, even if it wasn’t really all that big of a deal.
After setting a career high last season with 20.5 sacks, Los Angeles knows the chances of Donald matching these numbers or even topping them will be quite the challenge, but this isn’t going to prevent him from at least trying.
Plenty can happen from now until the end of December with 13 games to go for the Rams, and knowing Donald, there will be some instances over the next couple of months in which a few multi-sack performances take place.
Donald’s talents have truly been one of a kind over the years with the Rams, and just when it seems like he can’t find a way to elevate his game to new levels, a week like this past Sunday against the Browns takes place.
Only recording one sack by Donald shouldn’t take away from the constant pressure on Mayfield throughout the contest.
And if he was able to do this while dealing with back issues in the days leading up to the contest, just imagine what the rest of 2019 has in store for Donald.