The LA Rams have two players to take up the slack at the edge. The team is strapped for experience at the interior. They have free-agent Leonard Floyd, and drafted rookie Terrell Lewis for the outside. They have determined to promote for the inside, only adding Clay Johnston for the inside. While both edge players have exceeded expectations, the Rams will need a solid group.
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So far, the Rams seem to be interested in a rapid rotation to ensure that their edge rushers remain fresh and ready. That will take a solid group of edge rushers. So far, the Rams have gifted players. But experience runs a little on the light side.
Rotation, rotation, rotation
LB Julian Stanford is a savvy and versatile veteran linebacker, someone who can play inside or outside. At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, the seven-year veteran has made an NFL career out of fitting a specific niche. He can play solid on special teams, and he can absorb snaps at virtually any linebacker position.
All NFL teams have some form of rotation established. Not every player on the roster needs to be pushing for a Pro Bowl invitation. Surprisingly, fundamentally sound football in rotational players can make all the difference between winning and losing. And his ability to move inside and outside is a strong plus for a defense built upon the cornerstones of deception and versatility.