5 LA Rams emergency LB signings from NFL Free Agency

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Mandatory Credit: 59 Wesley Woodyard
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ILB Woodyard

Perhaps one of the most consistent, if not overwhelming linebackers currently available is Wesley Woodyard. He is a 12 year veteran at the linebacker position and has successfully started at all four positions in the 3-4 defense. He has spent his entire NFL career playing for either the Denver Broncos or more recently, Tennessee Titans.

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He can make plays on the quarterback, can play pass defense, and has the risk of missing some tackles. He stands 6-foot-0 and weighs a stocky 233-pounds, and can play all four linebacker positions in a 3-4 defense.  While a starter at one point in his career, Woodyard became a rotational player for the Titans in 2019.

Plus postseason experience

Woodyard played in three playoff games with the Titans and was part of a solid defense that allowed Tennessee to advance to the AFC Championship to face the Kansas City Chiefs. While never a pro bowler, he was consistent enough at defense to make it worth a call to have him in for a tryout.

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The Rams have a pretty coveted role on this defense playing behind All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald.  The Rams are proving that with the job first-time starting linebacker Micah Kiser is doing so far. He’s leading the team in tackles and doing a pretty good job of pass coverage. The Rams really do not need a superstar at linebacker. Just a durable veteran who can defend the pass and tackle a runner. Wesley Woodyard can do all of that.