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 by Dick84
1 week ago
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Italy   LA Coliseum
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We've read a lot about the Rams losses on D this offseason, but I think what the Rams are bringing in and bringing back is being very overlooked.
Solid, clear upgrades at 3 positions in the front 7:
Kiser over Reederf
Robinson over SJD (and SJD is good)
Floyd over Matthews (not the same in sacks... but Matthews overran everything last season)

One clear downgrade:
Littleton over Howard:

And one Wildcard:
Lewis and Fowler

People keep doing the Floyd/Fowler comp and that's wrong. Fowler was on the weak side, Fowler will be on the strong side. He's taking Matthews spot. He's a better overall player at this point in his career than Matthews.
Kiser ain't replacing Littleton.. he's replacing Reeder. Kiser was going to start next to Littleton, so this isn't like I'm making stuff up to make the comps look better.
Robinson's peak has been pretty impressive and SJD had some really good moments. The Dline is going to rock.
Lewis is a freak. Bigger and every bit as explosive as Fowler. He's got work to do, but those long arms and his height are going to get hands on the ball. He could be the steal of the draft.

Secondary.. biggest Q is how well JJ can replace Weddle, imo. Although.. I do wonder if they mess with Burgess back there. They already have a fantastic option at slot in Williams, who I think is every bit as good as NRC.

Biggest challenge will be getting everyone on the same page.

 by ramsman34
1 week ago
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United States of America   Back in LA baby!
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Solid. I presume you think we are going to be playing a ton of big nickel so as to reduce the impact of losing Littleton by having a better coverage guy (hybrid safety) than Howard or whomever at ILB? I think so.

 by /zn/
1 week ago
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United States of America   Maine
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Rams have added a lot of intriguing new LBs. There's Floyd and Lewis obviously. Then Johnston, who was playing well before injured. Rozeman has gotten a lot of good buzz too.

 by sloramfan
1 week ago
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United States of America   cen coast cal
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dick,,, sometimes we agree, and othertimes, well, you're wrong... lol jk

but i have to agree, i'm chomping at the bit, just to get at any information about how the D will gel...

thanks for the post... informative , and as always, a dick post, to the point...

good read... thanks again

man, i just can't wait for some contact...

go rams

slo

 by azramsfan93
1 week ago
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United States of America   Arizona
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Dick84 wrote:Secondary.. biggest Q is how well JJ can replace Weddle, imo. Although.. I do wonder if they mess with Burgess back there. They already have a fantastic option at slot in Williams, who I think is every bit as good as NRC.


I was VERY frustrated with Weddle last year. It was obvious to me that he should have retired before last season. I think JJ will be a major upgrade.

I agree with you on WIlliams. I think that NRC was pretty good, but he was not great. The coaching staff is clearly relying on Williams and Burgess to hold down the slot.

 by CanuckRightWinger
1 week ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
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Don't forget about former Michigan Wolverine CB David Long as the potential Rams 2020 Slot Corner sportsfans!!

Also, Levonta Taylor, the Florida State UDFA, 5'10" 190 lbs former Seminole CB converted to FS.....who is also Cam Akers FSU team mate....

....played with a bad back the past two seasons.....could be a diamond-in-the-rough Slot Corner too maybe!!

Seems we have an embarrassment of riches in the 2020 Los Ramos defensive backfield group eh!! :idea2: :arrow2: 8-)

CandyGram to Nick Bones'PetProject Scott:
YIKES!!!! :?

 by ramsman34
1 week ago
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United States of America   Back in LA baby!
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CanuckRightWinger wrote:Don't forget about former Michigan Wolverine CB David Long as the potential Rams 2020 Slot Corner sportsfans!!

Also, Levonta Taylor, the Florida State UDFA, 5'10" 190 lbs former Seminole CB converted to FS.....who is also Cam Akers FSU team mate....

....played with a bad back the past two seasons.....could be a diamond-in-the-rough Slot Corner too maybe!!

Seems we have an embarrassment of riches in the 2020 Los Ramos defensive backfield group eh!! :idea2: :arrow2: 8-)

CandyGram to Nick Bones'PetProject Scott:
YIKES!!!! :?


Candygram, LMAO!. Ole Nick is gonna have a serious battle on his hands to stay on this team. And thats a good thing. Our secondary is loaded, affordable (sans Ramsey), and set up for future development nicely.

Our LB's will be the position of most interest this season and next, me thinks.

 by HellRam
1 week ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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With Staley there is a new hope. I was officially done with Wade after the Tampa Bay game. Thanks for the Superbowl playoff run but other then that good riddance.

Overall I dont think our D is as talented as the last couple years but there are aspects to like. For example we should be more stout with players like Robinson, Kiser and Floyd in the mix.

Here's how I would rank our D.

Secondary: A-
This is the strength of our defense. If Ramsey can get back to how he played a couple seasons ago we should have a elite unit or close to it. The Rams have good depth at CB and Safety. Love our Safety combo with Rapp/Johnson. Hill is and has been underrated.

Linebackers: D+
Still a lot of unproven players here. At OLB we should be able to find a serviceable pass rusher between Lewis, OO and Floyd. Ebukam is good agaist the run and seems to slightly improve each year. We have some depth here. ILB is anouther story. I'm a Kiser fan but the lack of experience is worrisome. As well as the lack of depth.

Defensive Line: B
Donald is great, we know. Brockers is slighty above average but doesn't add much in terms of pass rush these days. Robinson might be bit of a wild card. Hopefully we get the good version this year. The Rams have solid depth on the line with SJD, Gaines and Fox in the mix as well.

 by Dick84
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Italy   LA Coliseum
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Glad to have some football conversation..
Responding to various..
I see Travin Howard winning the off-ball LB spot.. or at least the majority of snaps there. He's a reasonable comp to Barron. I don't think he can carry the weight Barron could.. but he's a little quicker. The best news is that when he got on the field last year, he looked like he belonged.

I think they have a very interesting collection of LBs.. both edge and inside.. but, yep.. not much of a track record. But.. I'm very optimistic about the potential of this group. Lewis has incredible potential.. this write up got me very, very excited.. https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2020/3/27/ ... iller-rams

I *believe* JJ will be an upgrade over Weddle.. but, Weddle played deep his whole career, it will be a slightly different role for JJ.

I like Long too.. but, it's obvious to me, that Williams is ahead of him. When Hill went down last year.. Williams got the call and excelled. He's a BALLER.

I'm intrigued by FSU's Taylor.. but.. man.. what a star-crossed college run.

 by 69RamFan
1 week ago
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United States of America   LA CA by way of NY/NJ
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Yes, I do think the D has improved with the players they've picked up

I see a possible of mix package with our front seven....

Depending on the down and yardage....

We now have the players that we can mix it up to be either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense...

On short yardage,,, I can see a 4-3 defense with Brockers, SJD, Robinson and AD,
and the Lbers,,, Foster Kiser and Ebukam

And on the 3-4,,, Brockers Robinson rotating with SJD and AD....
With Foster, Reeder ( I think he has better range than Kiser on passing downs)
with either Howard or Young on the weakside (This will be a battle in camp)
and Ebukam,,, with rotating in Lewis, OO

On the back end,,,
RAMsey and Hill at CB
JJ and Rapp at Safeties
to start at nickel package, Slot/Williams or Burgess (This will be a battle at camp)

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