LA Rams can look to LB Kenny Young as 2020 starter

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LA Rams LB Kenny Young arrived in the deal sending CB Peters to Baltimore Ravens. He could start in new DC Brandon Staley’s 2020 defense

What are the LA Rams‘ plans for linebacker Kenny Young?  Many of my Baltimore Ravens associates were disappointed at trading him away. And he was the one player that the Rams insisted upon including in the series of trades in 2019. Trades that sent cornerback Aqib Talib and a draft pick to Miami Dolphins as a salary dump.  Trades that sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for a draft pick. And trades which landed disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars. So far, the Rams have kept those future plans for Young very close to the vest.

The LA Rams are holding all their 2020 personnel cards close to the vest. Perhaps that’s wise because their $23.3 million won’t go far in free agency. As the 2020 NFL Free Agency dates come closer and closer, I haven’t seen much from the LA Rams general manager Les Snead.  I was hoping that he would somehow atone for the sins of signing horrible contracts with QB Jared Goff, WR Brandin Cooks, or RB Todd Gurley.  Huge increases in pay, which had the opposite effect upon them in a huge decline in production, and no escape clauses.

Ugh.  But one of the bright spots of the 2019 season on the personnel front was the easily-overlooked acquisition of Baltimore Ravens special teams inside linebacker Kenny Young as part of the Rams compensation for dealing cornerback Marcus Peters. A bright spot who could ascend as one of the bright stars of the team’s 2020 defense under new defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

Read: Los Angeles Rams: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

Big hopes out of a little known player added to even out a trade from 2019. But where he didn’t seem to fit the Rams defensive rotation in 2019, that all changes in 2020. Or will he?

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