When it comes to the Rams pass rush, the whole is greater than sum of parts

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More hands make lighter work in 2024

While the focus of this article is primarily on outside linebackers, I would be remiss if I did not mention how the team's defensive line may assume a larger share of the pass rush this year. Not only will the team return both Kobie Turner (9.0 sacks) and Desjuan Johnson (2.0 sacks), but the defensive line welcomes DT Braden Fiske and Tyler Davis. Between the two rookies, I can envision an additional 9.0 quarterback sacks to the team's performance.

Too optimistic? Braden Fiske is already showing up large and in charge in OTAs and will be a huge reason why the Rams' pass rush will be impressive in 2024. While DT Tyler Davis may not excel as a pass rusher, his power will collapse the pocket, forcing the quarterback into his teammates' arms.

While the Rams currently welcome back all of their 2023 pass rushers, they have added two rookies destined to make noise in 2024. There is rookie OLB Jared Verse, a player who is already showing up so prominently in OTAs that he is getting praised by Byron Young. Meanwhile, the Rams are also welcoming rookie OLB Brennan Jackson, a prospect who is an under-the-radar backup who could deliver an impressive pass rush this season.

Even by conservative estimations, if the Rams start both Byron Young and Jared Verse, while rotating both Michael Hoecht and Brennan Jackson frequently, the four outside linebacker could generate up to 25 quarterback sacks this season as a group. Factor in the contributions of defensive linemen like Kobie Turner, Braden Fiske, and Desjuan Johnson, and you have the potential for 45 quarterback sacks already.

I do not expect one player will dominate from this group that will take the field for the Rams in 2024. But I do see impressive results from a committee-like approach at rushing the passer. And with that committee approach, I look for the Rams pass rush to enjoy a bit of a revival for the 2024 NFL season.

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