The crew of HBO Hard Knocks: LA is being rather generous with the helpings of solid football content that the producers are airing so far. While there are segments of more general entertainment value, the program has been a treasure trove of clue and football hints so far. What have we found in Episode two that qualifies as valuable information? Well, let’s dive in, shall we?
Takeaway 4: Rams defensive linemen are set, even without A’Shawn Robinson on the field. In the limited segments, the Rams clearly had defensive linemen at both the right and left defensive end, as well as the nose tackle, based upon the offensive linemen he engaged at the line of scrimmage. Moving Donald around is one of the ways we expect the Rams to free him up this year. An additional note: All-Pro Aaron Donald worked with rookie Eric Banks to help his technique. Solid leadership from AD.
Reynold ripe for WR3 role
Takeaway 3: Offense wide receiver Josh Reynolds is fighting hard for the WR3 spot. While he has the advantage over the other receivers entering training camp, he has to push hard to keep his position. Other players behind him are really good.
The Rams will feature Reynolds in their mid to deep routes this year. Reynolds can get separation. The key to his holding his spot is improving his catch percentage. As long as he catches two-thirds of his passes, his role is safe. If that rate drops, other receivers will get looks.