LA Rams LB competition heating up at training camp after all

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The LA Rams linebacker competition is heating up at training camp. HC Sean McVay mentions four linebackers who are competing for a starting role

The LA Rams began training camp in a situation where the team had to “name” starters just to set up the 11-on-11 drills. With so little time to mesh, drill, train, and evaluate, the players who began camp practicing with the starters certainly had the advantage of being there among the starters.

So when the team announced that returning linebackers Micah Kiser, and to a lesser degree, Travin Howard, were named as starters from the start of training camp, it appeared that the linebacker competition was over before it started. Not so fast, it seems.

Let the competition begin?

In his video conference discussing the Rams scrimmage today, head coach Sean McVay addressed the question about the status of the linebacker position.  His response reset the competition almost back to square one:

"“Yeah, I mean, we’ve got four guys who are playing, and we’re kind of rotating them in and out. When you look at Micah (Kiser), T(ravin) Howard, Kenny (Young), Troy Reeder. All those guys have gotten a lot of action. And really, we’re evaluating them, and everybody’s competing. We’ll see how this thing shakes out over the next few weeks”-LA Rams head coach Sean McVay via video conference"

So the competition is not finished. In fact, in many ways, it’s just begun.

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