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On The Bubble: DL Edition

With the cutdown from 80 to 53 players coming on Saturday, there is no better time than the present to look at the Rams roster and who will make the team, today is defensive linemen.

Starter (RDE): Chris Long – Long has grown into his draft standing after years of showing flashes but never really putting it all together.  That changed last year as he was game planned, double teamed and held constantly by the opposition, but still had a huge impact.  Long has become exactly the player we hoped he would become.

Starter (DT): Fred Robbins – To say Fred Robbins experienced a career revival last year would be giving his play too little credit.  Robbins was at times the best defensive lineman the Rams had.  Hopefully, he will be able to continue his high level of play as Steve Spagnuolo will rotate him in and out of the game frequently to keep him fresh.

Starter (DT): Justin Bannan – One of the few multi-year contracts the Rams gave out to free agents this year was to Justin Bannan, a run stuffing DT who had previously played the nose in the 3-4.  Bannan will be doing more penetration than in the 3-4, but should help the Rams stay stout at the point of attack against the run.

Starter (LDE): James Hall – Hall benefited greatly from the attention given to Long and Robbins along the defensive line.  He’s a veteran with a full slate of pass rush moves and knows exactly what his role is in the defense.  Can beat linemen one on one when given the chance (and he often is).

Rotation: Robert Quinn – The Rams first round draft pick has a sky-high potential, but the Rams will bring him along slowly since he didn’t play football last season.  In the preseason, he has already shown the ability to get to the passer, but lacks that laser sharpness that is needed in the NFL.  Should get that with more practice and playing time.

On The Bubble: Eugene Sims – The Rams drafted the raw, yet toolsy Sims hoping they could mold him into a pass rush demon and so far the Rams look to be getting a return on their investment.  Sims has better raw skills than Selvie and Ah You and is getting better and better at deploying them.

On The Bubble: George Selvie – Selvie has the makings of a 7th round steal for the Rams.  Considering how much the Rams rotate their pass rushers to keep them fresh, Selvie, if he makes the team, should get a quality amount of playing time.

On The Bubble: CJ Ah You – Ah You went from 4th quarter preseason hero to the active roster to pass rush specialist in just one year with the Rams.  However, with the addition of Quinn, Sims and Selvie, Ah You will have to prove himself all over again.  Only 2 of Ah You, Selvie and Sims will make the squad.

On The Bubble: Darell Scott – The Rams drafted Scott in the middle rounds and he has yet to reach his potential, but that potential has kept him around the Rams squad for the past two years.  He will have to show some good play or face waivers.

On The Bubble: Daniel Muir – The Rams picked up the free agent to be another anchor at the line of scrimmage and to hold up blockers.  He should have the slightest upper hand over Gary Gibson.

On The Bubble: Gary Gibson – The Rams decided to bring back the former starter who gets by on high energy and a high workrate.  A good bench player but was out of his depth as a starter last year and would get run over later in games.  In a dogfight with Scott and Muir for a roster spot.

Waiver Bait: John Henderson, Damario Ambrose – With the depth the Rams have at these two positions, both guys will find themselves cut on the final cut down day.


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