5 hot LA Rams training camp takeaways from Hard Knocks episode 3

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Takeaway 1

Takeaway 1: All-pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald will have a monster year. MONSTER year. As he has matured in the NFL, he continues to learn, to grow, to self diagnose, and to analyze his opponents.  The fact that he dominates the NFL each season speaks volumes. He is not a secret. Each opponent facing the LA Rams dedicates multiple offensive linemen to the task of blocking him. Still, he defeats double-teams. He even defeats triple teams.

So how can DC Brandon Staley unlock the power of Aaron Donald against the offenses who arrive knowing that he is their greatest threat?  Simply stated, move him around.  He is all over the defensive line, and he is in the best shape of his life. Look for him to get snaps at nose tackle, both defensive end positions, and upright as an edge rusher. No offensive tackle can individually keep Donald off the quarterback.

An elite stage for an elite player

As large and impressive as SoFi Stadium is to play in, All-Pro Aaron Donald’s stature and his place among NFL greats are just as large and impressive. In fact, the fact that Aaron Donald is playing at the gemstone of the NFL stadiums, SoFi Stadium, is somewhat very befitting. Aaron Donald will eventually be reflected upon as one of the most talented and dominating NFL players of his time.

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That type of performance from an elite player needs a true elite stage. SoFi delivers on all boxes. Will Aaron Donald? I’d count on it. The LA Rams were embarrassed by the Cowboys last year. Those types of losses tend to focus the players from the losing team on the next rematch. It also tends to instill a sense of false confidence upon the players from the winning team. Aaron Donal will show up to play at SoFi Stadium this year. He could have a career season as a result.