Keep those edge guys fresh
The LA Rams have one veteran outside linebacker on one side named Leonard Floyd, and a cast of very young outside linebackers on the other who work as a committee. For Week 4, that included Terrell Lewis and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo splitting time, with a bit of Justin Lawler sprinkled in for good measure.
The Rams have tapped out Lawler for game day performances for the remainder of the 2021 NFL season unless the team elects to sign him to the 53-man roster. In Lawler’s place, the Rams have added free agent outside linebacker Jamir Jones. The Rams added him just last week. Will he be ready to participate in a short week?
The Rams could also finally give rookie outside linebacker Chris Garrett some playing time. He’s been forgotten on this Rams defense so far, getting just four defensive snaps. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, he is built for speed off the edge and would be a nice force on the football field for the Rams in this one. Will he get some playing time? I’m not sure.
The Rams will likely be sticking to a tight rotation for Week 5, oscillating between Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Terrell Lewis. Per Lineups.com, Obo played in just his first appearance in Week 4 and the rust showed. He played 34 defensive snaps and had just one tackle for a loss to show for his debut. The Rams should expect more from him this week, as he is literally the most rested player on the team in several ways.