LA Rams activate Fuller, Noteboom to join Robinson

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Rams boosted their roster by activating S Jordan Fuller and OL Joseph Noteboom to join NT A’Shawn Robinson against the Seahawks

The LA Rams have been a bit fortunate this season. Considering how decimated the roster was in 2019, the pattern in 2020 has been a huge sigh of relief. The team had to endure 20 player injuries in 2019, many of which ended the seasons of starters. It became so bad that some players simply played through the injury, and scheduled corrective surgeries after the season had ended.

2020 has been far kinder. Right now, the team has just three players on the injured reserve roster. The first is OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who is expected to return later this season.  The other two are ILB Travin Howard, and DB Terrell Burgess, both of whom are lost for the season.

Rams regaining strength

The real story for this week is the return of rookie safety Jordan Fuller and offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom. They join recently activated NT A’Shawn Robinson, who is expected to debut for the team this week against the Seattle Seahawks.

Fuller is the best news, as he has been sensational in his free safety role for the team. Noteboom returns to the active roster after a calf injury. His left guard position has been handled well by David Edwards, and we are unclear whether Noteboom will return to start or cross-train to backup the offensive line at other positions.

Awesome A’Shawn debut

Of course, the LA Rams are eager to witness the debut of nose tackle A’Shawn Robinson and what he can do to help the double and triple-teaming of Aaron Donald. Well, the Buffalo Bills were effective against the Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson by going with primarily man coverage, bringing linebackers through the A-gap, and confusing coverages all game.

With Robinson, the Rams can generate similar pressure on Wilson by sending Robinson at Donald’s blockers and allowing Aaron Donald to come around to rush up the middle. Of course, Leonard Floyd, Michael Brockers, and even rookie Terrell Lewis will join the pair in chasing after the Seahawks quarterback.

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The Rams enter the game knowing this one will be a shootout. But the defense must find a way to thwart the Seahawks from putting up so many points.  Thankfully, the Rams defense appears to be as strong as ever as they take the field.