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Who To Keep: Defensive Ends

With the Rams season over, it is time to think about who should be back next year at every position.  Let’s take a look through player by player. Next up are the defensive ends.

Leonard Little – Little is an unrestricted free agent and may possibly retire.  If he is willing, the Rams should bring him back for a smaller contract and a role as a situational pass rusher, because he showed early in the season that he still can rush the passer.

James Hall – Ideally, only one of Hall and Little will stay because both are best fitted for support and situational roles, but the Rams should welcome Hall back if he wants to come back because he has been very good in the situations he has been placed in.

All the rest are after the jump!

Chris Long –  Chris Long finally started coming on during the second half of 2009 and hopefully he can continue the production in 2010 and beyond.  The Rams may want to move him to LDE to improve his matchups with the less talented RTs.

Victor Adeyanju – Adeyanju was inactive for most of the first half of the season, but played well during the second half.  He is great against the run, but a limited pass rusher.  He would be best situated in a “platoon” with Leonard Little.

CJ Ah You – CJ came into camp as a long shot to make the team and then had a fabulous preseason and made the team and got a good chunk of playing time in the beginning of the season before getting injured and placed on IR.  Considering the strides he took in 2009, he should be a big part of the defensive ends in 2010.

James Wyche – Wyche was signed off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars late in the season and did not see game action, but here is his scouting report from coming out of Syracuse a few years ago.

Pros: Quick off the edge, nice size and works hard on every play. One of the strengths on an average D of a 1-10 team. Won MVP of East-West Shrine Game with 2 sacks. Has a body that more weight can be added to. Work ethic will allow to improve
Cons: Needs to work on rush deffense, doesn’t have many moves relies on speed.
Overall: Average pro DE, will be good to play limited time early on and with a good coach could develop into a pure pass rusher who comes in on third downs, if lucky and works hard could become a starter (particularly on a below average Deffense).

Sean Conover Conover is a former TE in college and was signed to the off-season active roster after being signed to the practice squad this season.


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  1. […] jon price wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:With the Rams season over, it is time to think about who should be back next year at every position. Let’s take a look through player by player. Next up are the defensive ends. Leonard Little – Little is an unrestricted free agent and … […]

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