LA Rams News: McVay disappoints with no ETA for NT A’Shawn Robinson

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Sean McVay
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Sean McVay /
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LA Rams A'Shawn Robinson
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Sean McVay /

LA Rams News: HC McVay fails to give an ETA or further details on NT A’Shawn Robinson’s injury

When the LA Rams announced assigning recently signed veteran free agent NT A’Shawn Robinson to the Active/Non-Football Injury list, the news came with a promise of a follow up with additional details at head coach Sean McVay’s press conference today.  Unfortunately what you want and what you get are two very different things.

Head coach Sean McVay did show up at the press conference. But when the question was raised as to NT  A’Shawn Robinson’s status, very little was clarified.

So much for a quick return to the active roster by A’Shawn Robinson.

Robinson’s fit

Robinson was a seasoned veteran from the Detroit Lions, and his size and strength make him an ideal complement to the Rams’ current defensive line. Much like veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, Robinson’s presence on the Rams defensive line allows the Rams to line up both Brockers and Donald at defensive end, where both have the advantage. Also, the Rams hoped to improve their run defense by anchoring the defensive front with Robinson’s large and wide frame.

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Much like a fireplug, he forces offenses to try running around him.  At the center of the offensive line, that pushes running plays out to either Donald or Brockers, both of whom can stop the run behind the line of scrimmage.  Without Robinson,  those plans will need to be scrapped for the time being. Thankfully, the Rams re-signed Brockers.  The default for the defensive line is still a dominating impact, as it will likely be Donald, Brockers, and Sebastian Joseph-Day as the presumed starters until Robinson is cleared to play.