Just how hungry is Bobby Brown III in the final year of his rookie contract?

This could be it for LA Rams NT Bobby Brown III. Facing the final year of his rookie contract, it's his last stand. But perhaps his passion for football will prove to be the ticket to a contract extension
Bobby Brown III, Los Angeles Rams
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Brown starts to make his presence felt, but injury strikes again

In his third season, Brown did show a spark of progress. He started all 13 games at nose tackle, recorded 31 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one quarterback hit, and finally recorded 0.5 quarterback sacks. While that may not seem like much, it's fairly productive for a young defensive lineman who saw action in just 313 defensive snaps.

But once again, Bobby Brown's season was disrupted. This time, the stout nose tackle suffered an MCL injury that again derailed his season. Perhaps the injury to Brown paved the way for rookie NT Kobie Turner to find his rhythm and star for the defense.

But this time, in his third NFL season, there were subtle but dramatic differences. This time Brown flashed fitting into a starting NT role for this defense. This time, even after setbacks, Brown recovered far more quickly to make a positive impact in games. Brown was finally demonstrating his ability to deserve his share of playing time. And that also demonstrates to the team that he deserves a larger share of defensive snaps in the rotation.

Okay, so here we are, all caught up on Bobby Brown's recent history. It's the last stand for Rams nose tackle Bobby Brown III. Despite the powerhouse size of 6-foot-4 and tipping the scales at a phenomenal weight of 332 pounds, Brown's three-year NFL career has been riddled with injuries and a suspension that has made it nearly impossible to get a fair reading on his progress, and status, as to how well he can play in the final season of his rookie contract.

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