LA Rams: This year’s defensive line could be McVay’s best ever

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Okay, here we are again, looking for help on the LA Rams defensive line for All-Pro Aaron Donald. Help? Well, it’s tough to complain about the effort of the defensive front that played in 2020. After all, veteran Michael Brockers and promising Morgan Fox combined for 11 quarterback sacks. Of course, they have since joined new NFL teams. But the Rams have Sebastian Joseph Day and Greg Gaines who combined for 2.5 sacks as well. They will both be back this year and should be even better.

But so far, the LA Rams’ efforts to find complementary pieces to their defensive line have been somewhat, unfruitful. There is no doubt that the play of veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh helped Aaron Donald to his career-high 20.5 quarterback sacks in 2018.  But it wasn’t until 2020 that the Rams true defensive linemen seemed to help carry the load of getting to the quarterback.

So what’s in store for 2021? Well, would you believe good things? In fact, the best is yet to come. The LA Rams have three sets of players who are coming online for the 2021 season. The team welcomes back impressive veterans. The organization is also quite thrilled to welcome back a solid group of talented young players from the 2020 practice squad. And finally, the team has a new crop of very talented rookies.

Truth be told, the organization will likely not have enough room to retain everyone. For now, everyone has a shot to earn a spot among one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The competition for a spot is extremely fierce this year as the team has 12 talented players competing for no more than six roster spots.

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That may not sit well with some who watched the Rams draft two players, and then add a third after the draft had concluded. Keep in mind that the best rosters encourage the fiercest competition, and the Rams will be looking at either re-signing or replacing the very impressive play of nose tackle Sebastian Joseph Day in 2022.