A third bargain edge rusher I like for the Rams defense is Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser. While he may not have gaudy statistics or numbers like the others, but he seems to always manage to shine whenever he’s on the field. He’s just been caught up in a logjam of some very good linebackers in Baltimore and I believe he’s ready to bloom in a starting role elsewhere.
He ‘fits’ the pattern that the Rams have enjoyed over the past two free-agent signings. He was a second-round selection by the Ravens in the 2017 NFL Draft. A second-rounder who never delivered on the promise of double-digit quarterback sacks, yet. Still, Pro Football Focus likes what he delivers, grading him over 70 for the past two seasons.
He’s been used in a variety of positions in Baltimore because he has exceptional sideline-to-sideline speed, and the ability to bring sneaky-quickness to a pass rush. He got good pass coverage skills and nullifies opposing tight ends. He’s also a stellar special teams player.
He’s just a blur of a Blitzer off the edge and has been relegated to something of a specialized role in the Baltimore defensive scheme. He’d be a plug-and-play defender in an LA linebacker corps that needs an upgrade.
Signed to a $1.3 million contract last season, he could probably be signed for $3 million based on his potential and recognition he is poised to have a break-out season. Now in his fourth season, and in very limited playing time, he managed to record 34 tackles, 2 sacks, and 14 QB-hits. All the signs point up for this player, so the Rams would be wise to catch him on the crest of that wave.
Life on the edge is only as successful as your last season. We have presented three affordable, yet promising, veterans for the LA Rams to give a serious look at.