The down and dirty of the LA Rams initial 53-man roster

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The LA Rams defense reflects the more balanced approach that will likely be the bedrock approach of defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. Lost in the roster shuffle is the fact that the Rams will try to follow up their 2020 top-defense-in-the-NFL performance with another strong performance. And they just may do it. This defense may not jump off the page with household names beyond All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, and All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey, but the team feels more potent across the roster.

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Aaron Donald, Sebastian Joseph Day, A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Bobby Brown III, Michael Hoecht, Jonah Williams


The strength of this defense continues to be the DAWGS upfront on the defensive line. Thanks to defensive line coach Eric Henderson and assistant defensive line coach Marcus Dixon, this group may be the best of the bunch. While Aaron Donald continues to do Aaron Donald stuff, there is a lot of buzz from training camp about the new pass rush moves from Sebastian Joseph Day. And despite a slight setback to A’Shawn Robinson, he could be suited up and starting on opening night against the Chicago Bears.

The fun starts with this group because the team has three very young players adding to the mix. Bobby Brown was not as active in the preseason as some wanted, but he is very much a powerful interior defensive lineman. And he is joined by two standouts through the preseason in Michael Hoecht and Jonah Williams. This will be a fun group to track this season.