Training Camp Position Breakdown: DE

After a break, as we count down to roster cutdown day, let’s take a look at the rest of the Rams lineup to see who’s who.

Chris Long – Chris Long finally started to turn it on at the end of 2009; you could almost see the light bulb go off over his head.  He began being more of a force in the pass rush and dominating blockers in the run game.  Hopefully with his new MMA training, he can continue his improvement.  He is always a high motor hard working defensive end.

James Hall – Hall is the defacto starter opposite Chris Long and at this point, Hall is not too much more than a savvy veteran.  He won’t play the whole game, but just like in 2009, Coach Spagnuolo will put him in the game in positions where he can succeed.

The rest of the DEs are after the jump!

Hall Davis – Davis has the ability to be a quality pass rusher.  Here’s his Rams Gab rookie scouting report.  He showed his ability against Cleveland, piling up 2 sacks in 2 quarters of action.

Victor Adeyanju – At this point, Victor is exactly what he has been all along: a solid run defender at defensive end, but very limited in the pass rush.  He is great for the Rams coaches to cycle in on running downs against heavy running teams opposite Chris Long.  It took a while for the Rams coaches to get used to him in 2009 as he was inactive for most of the season.  He’s a valuable piece as a run defense specialist at DE.

CJ Ah You – CJ Ah You had the preseason all fringe NFL players dream of.  He was all over the field with a few game-ending sacks.  He earned himself a roster spot with those plays and even a good amount of playing time in the regular season as a pass rush specialist.  He was lost for the season with an ACL injury in mid-November and is just returning to regular play after the injury.  He finally got into the game against the Browns and was largely underwhelming.  He will need to get back to health and back to playing well because this year he has much more competition.

George Selvie – George Selvie has been one big rookie surprise along the defensive line with how he played in training camp and in the preseason.  He is a huge potential diamond in the rough and in an area the Rams need a lot of help (pass rush).  Here’s his Rams Gab rookie scouting report.

Eugene Sims – Amongst the three rookie defensive ends, Sims has been the most anonymous throughout training camp and the first half of the preseason.  Here’s his Rams Gab rookie scouting report. He’s a little raw and may take a year or two to get up to NFL speed to make an impact.


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