The LA Rams have been forced to lean more heavily upon Terrell Lewis this season, but is this a blessing in disguise? When starting outside linebacker was forced to the sidelines following an injury to his Pectoral muscle, it was Terrell Lewis who suddenly saw an uptick in his usage.
He responded slowly at first, but he is getting more into the feel of the game now. He recorded two tackles in Week 3. He doubled that to four tackles in Week 4, including a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. But so far, in 109 defensive snaps this year, he has not gotten a quarterback sack. In fact, he has just one quarterback hit. But that could change on Thursday Night Football.
Lewis did not play much in his rookie season. But he did manage to showcase his potential pass-rushing ability when he faced the Seattle Seahawks last year. It was his fifth game in 2020 when he played 28 defensive snaps and recorded two quarterback sacks. It was that game where he appeared to have a promising NFL future. Unfortunately, much like teammate Troy Reeder, he got his entire season quarterback sack total in one game.
Now, he’s trying to earn more playing time, and a great outing against the Seattle Seahawks would be a huge step in the right direction.
Is this a defining moment for Terrell Lewis’ career? I hate to put this one game on that pedestal, but a good game here would transform how the coaches and fans perceive his potential. Make no bones about it. Lewis’s star, however high it began to shine in the NFL sky, is setting now. This game can mean a great deal as to which direction Lewis’s future in the NFL goes.
Is it Terrell time? That’s up to you to decide. But if not now, then when?
In the end, quarterback sacks are statistics that by themselves mean nothing. The Rams got three quarterback sacks on Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray but never disrupted his game in the lease. Three sacks on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will result in the same no-real-effect results.
The Rams must disrupt the quarterback’s rhythm. How can LA Rams pass rush get more than three QB sacks in Week 5? Perhaps the better question is how can the Rams disrupt the quarterback rhythm, and once they have that answer, then simply go out and make it happen.