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Rams Gab Position Preview – Defensive Ends

We are going to be previewing every position on the Rams here at the eve of training camp.  Now we are on to the defensive side of the ball.  Next up are the defensive ends with their listed side in parenthesis.

Leonard Little(L)

Little is the second oldest player on the team (Hollis Thomas is 1 year older than Little) and made it through the Rams destruction of their roster in the offseason. He is still a valuable pass-rush specialist, but is no longer an every-down defensive end.  The Rams coaching staff will get the most value out of him by optimizing his opportunities to rush the passer.

More defensive ends after the jump!

Victor Adeyanju (L)

Adeyanju is one of the highlights of the 2006 NFL draft for the St. Louis Rams as he was drafted in the 4th round out of Indiana.  Victor has developed into a run-stuffing specialist at the defensive end position and because of that distinction, he has gotten a few starts with the Rams.  Together Adeyanju and Little would make a formitable combination of pass-rushing and run-stuffing skills at the LDE position.

CJ Ah You (L)

CJ was signed by the Rams in 2007 and spent the rest of 2007 and all of 2008 on the Rams practice squad.  He is a solid, hard working player, who is a bit undersized and can be muscled around.  He projected as a backup at defensive end in the NFL and I think that is where he will end up eventually.

James Hall (R)

James Hall is one of the other elder statesmen on the defensive line as the Rams traded for the former Detriot player before the 2007 season.  He was resigned by the Rams after the 2008 season and he has been having a great 2009 training camp under new head coach Steve Spagnuolo.  Look for Hall to be a rotation player along the line at both DE and rushing from the DT position on occasion.

Chris Long (R)

Chris Long was the 2nd overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft.  He had a solid rookie year, but hit the usual rookie wall with a month to go in the season and did not have much production after that.  The Rams will be excited to see what Chris can do with a full offseason to prepare and condition himself for the 16 game season.  Defensive Ends usually break out in the 2nd season as they get adjusted to the speed of the game and the more complicated schemes that are introduced.

Eric Moore (R)

Eric Moore was moved from the Rams practice squad to the active roster in 2007. The Rams look to have the same number of defensive ends as last year, so it looks like Moore’s place on the team is safe.  However, Moore will rarely get playing time and may have to battle with CJ Ah You for the last defensive end spot on the active roster.  Look for Moore to attempt to make his place on special teams.

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