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Who Should the Rams Keep: Defense

Ok, let’s cover the struggling Rams defense.

DL – Chris Long, Victor Adeyanju, Leonard Little (DEs), Adam Carriker, Cliff Ryan (DTs) – The defensive line can play much better than so far in 2008.  But, I like the composition and they can pretty much stay as status quo.  Chris Long is learning the posistion in the NFL. Victor can play run downs to free up Leonard to play on passing downs on the other side.  Carriker is struggling and it seems is not 100% healthy.  He has to be better than he has shown this year.  He showed flashes in his rookie year.  Ryan improves with more and more playing time he is given.  I’m not sold on him as the answer at NT, but he is a young improving player and could grow into that role.

LB – Will Witherspoon, Quentin Culberson, David Vobora, Chris Chamberlain – As you will continue to notice, I want to keep all the young players as it would be counterproductive to get rid of them before they have developed.  Such is the theme here.

DB – OJ Atogwe (FS), Ron Bartell, Tye Hill, Justin King (CBs) – Ron Bartell has been one of the only bright spots for the Rams in 2008.  Tye Hill has the talent to be a good corner, but has had a terrible year.  I think he can bounce back after returning from injury.

I give a lot of players the benefit of the doubt on the defense and bank on the fact that they can improve

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