LA Rams face friendly faces on LA Chargers this Sunday

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Just about everyone recognizes the LA Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, who was the former LA Rams defensive coordinator for the 2020 NFL season. But do you know just how many former Rams players now compete for the Chargers? No less than five former Rams players suit up in powder blue and rally to the cry of ‘Bolt up!’

So who are these players? And how well are they playing for the Rams’ crosstown rivals? Well, let’s take a quick survey of their roster and see what we can learn about this week’s upcoming opponent. Are you ready?

Former Rams defenders

DE Morgan Fox is just two seasons away from playing for the LA Rams, but he is enjoying a return to a similar level of production that he enjoyed with the Rams’ defense. He has been the Chargers’ starter in 10 of 15 games played and has 5.5 quarterback sacks and 33 tackles this season. He is well on his way to having the best season of his six-year career.

NT Sebastian Joseph-Day has started in all 14 games he has played for the Chargers. While this is his first season not competing for the Rams, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. In fact, he has picked up right where he had left off. His role with the Chargers has been more of a run-stuffer, blocker-gobbler type of defensive lineman. So far, he only has 1.0 quarterback sacks, but he has 55 tackles. He too is flirting with one of the best seasons of his five-year career.

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LB Troy Reeder was a starter out of necessity for the Rams, a role that he has yet to earn with the Chargers. But he has played a significant role on the Chargers’ special teams, with an occasional hand helping out on defense. So far this season, he has recorded 10 tackles on just 34 defensive snaps. Most of those tackles can be attributed to special teams.