ILB Micah Kiser seems to have solved the Rams linebacker questions
Perhaps the LA Rams had a plan at the vacant inside linebacker position all along? After free agent linebacker Cory Littleton signed on with the Las Vegas Raiders, the LA Rams had some serious issues that needed to be answered. Mainly, who was going to anchor the middle of the defense? Well, it seems as if they have had a budding star under their noses in Micah Kiser.
Kiser showed some promise week one vs the cowboys making seven combined tackles and two passes defended. However, he did show some rookie jitters. By some reports, he also missed seven tackles, one of which was a big catch and run for Ezekiel Elliot for a touchdown. While yes he isn’t a rookie, he was making his first start of his NFL career.
Revenge is sweet
Now let’s look at last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kiser made up for every tackle he missed and then some with 16 combined tackles, a pass defended, and causing a forced fumble within the first minute and a half of the game.
Kiser so far has an average of 11.5 tackles per game which would lead to 184 on the season if he kept it up. While that would be stellar, there really isn’t a large enough sample size on Kiser’s performance just yet. It’s also fair to assume16 tackles his second game was an anomaly. After all, that ties the franchise record for most in a game. However, if he didn’t miss any tackles week one, theoretically he would have 30 through week two. Tackles made or not, that does prove that he is in the correct position to make a stop.|
Even with this small sample size, I think its fair for one to assume he has a nose for being where the ball is and could have around 120 tackles this season. He could even make a push for the franchise record for most combined tackles in a season, held by Alec Ogletree at 136. My hats off to you, Micah Kiser. You’ve surely outperformed expectations thus far and I am sure you will prove you are certainly deserving of a new contract year next year.