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Countdown to Camp: Elite special teams unit returns for 2019

Myles Simmons

It’s that time of year again.

The Rams are getting set to begin training camp at UC Irvine, officially starting mandatory preparations for the 2019 NFL season. As summer winds down, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at Los Angeles’ roster with our annual Countdown to Camp series.

For Monday, July 8, let’s begin with coordinator John Fassel’s elite group.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Newcomers: none

After ending the 2017 season on injured reserve and enduring a groin injury early in 2018, kicker Greg Zuerlein returned to be the top-flight kicker he’s become over the last couple seasons. Zuerlein famously sent the Rams to Super Bowl LIII with his 57-yard field goal in overtime to beat the Saints in New Orleans — the longest converted overtime playoff field goal in NFL history. Over the last two years, Zuerlein’s made 91.5 percent of his field goals (65-of-71) and scored 274 points.

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Countdown to Camp: New-look offensive line will sport two new starters

OFFENSIVE LINE

Newcomers: Bobby Evans, David Edwards, Brandon Hitner, Vitas Hrynkiewicz, Chandler Brewer, Matt Kaskey

Since Sean McVay took over as head coach in 2017, Los Angeles’ offensive line has been one of the most consistent units in the league. A lot of that has to do with health, since the Rams have been able to roll out their expected starting five for each game of the last two years.

But there will be some significant change along the unit in 2019. Gone are starting center John Sullivan and starting left guard Rodger Saffold. And that means it’s time for Brian Allen and Joseph Noteboom to step in in their stead, respectively.

As quarterback Jared Goff said early on during the offseason program, while L.A. will certainly miss the veteran presence of both Sullivan and Saffold, the club did draft both Allen and Noteboom to play. And by all accounts, both had strong offseason. Goff even mentioned that he and Allen have played Fortnite together to help establish their chemistry.

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Countdown to Camp: Rams will have at least one new starter at ILB in 2019

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INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Newcomers: Dakota Allen, Ketner Kupp, Natrez Patrick, Troy Reeder

The Rams’ linebacking corps will look a little different when it takes the field in 2019. Mark Barron had been a mainstay at the position since taking over at the weakside linebacker spot early on during the 2015 season, moving down from his original position of safety.

Both he and Ramik Wilson — who started four games for the 2018 Rams — departed in free agency.

But Los Angeles will have its signal-caller back from 2018 in Cory Littleton, who returns for his fourth season in horns. The former undrafted rookie out of Washington excelled in his first season as the Rams’ Mike linebacker, recording 4.0 sacks, three interceptions, nine tackles for loss, and 13 passes defensed. And he still contributed heavily on special teams, blocking a few punts over the course of the year.

At this point, second-year linebacker Micah Kiser appears penciled in for Los Angeles’ second starting ILB spot. While Kiser didn’t play at all on defense in his rookie season, he was productive on special teams — on the field for 62.7 percent of the unit’s snaps. When in college, Kiser thrice led the ACC in tackles — becoming only the second player in history to do so.

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Countdown to Camp: Rams returning group of tight ends


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TIGHT ENDS

Newcomers: Keenan Brown, Romeo Brooker, Kendall Blanton

The Rams’ group of tight ends isn’t necessarily well-known, but it certainly contains candidates to have a breakout season.

In the first two years of head coach Sean McVay’s tenure with L.A., tight ends have averaged 53.5 receptions for 613.5 yards with four touchdowns per season. That’s not just one player — that’s all tight ends. So if there’s room for improvement for a team that’s finished No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring in the last two years, this is one position where it could come from.

Tyler Higbee is entering his fourth season, and presumably his third as a full-time starter. His number over the last two years have been remarkably similar — 25 receptions for 295 yards with one touchdown in 2017, followed by 24 receptions for 292 yards with two touchdowns in 2018. Higbee also had a notable touchdown reception late in the NFC Championship game in New Orleans. He’s strong as an in-line blocker, but can also make the tough catch on the sideline. He played 71.6 percent of the Rams’ offensive snaps last year, in on most of the first- and second-down situations.

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles’ first pick in the 2017 draft, split time with Higbee last year — mainly entering the game in known-passing situations. He caught 33 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. He also took a couple carries for 16 yards, displaying his versatility. Everett had a strong offseason program, making a number of impressive catches day after day during OTAs. If tight end production is going to improve this season, it appears as if Everett will be a significant reason why.

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Countdown to Camp: Outside linebackers should be a strength for L.A. in 2019


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OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Newcomers: Clay Matthews, Josh Carraway, Landis Durham

After searching for production out of the position on a rotating basis for much of the first half of 2018, Los Angeles traded for outside linebacker Dante Fowler and got plenty out of the deal. Fowler was more of a rotational player with Jacksonville — the team that drafted him No. 3 overall back in 2015.

But in Los Angeles, Fowler was a full-time player and made the most of his opportunities. He recorded 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble, four tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits during the regular season — adding 1.5 sacks, four TFLs, and three QB hits in the playoffs.

Fowler elected to sign a one-year deal with the Rams rather than head into unrestricted free agency. And given that he’s now had a full offseason program with the club, there’s plenty of reason to believe he should be even better integrated into the scheme in 2019.

One of Los Angeles’ big prizes in free agency, veteran Clay Matthews should also aid in the production from the OLB spot. Matthews will likely start opposite Folwer in the Rams’ base 3-4 package — which is more for early downs. Then on third downs, or any known-passing situation, Matthews could be more of a wild card — lining up where it most makes sense from a matchup standpoint. Playing the first 10 years of his career in Green Bay, Matthews has recorded 83.5 sacks — good for No. 6 on the active list.

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Countdown to Camp: Rams cornerbacks should be a team strength

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CORNERBACKS

Newcomers: David Long Jr.

The Rams group of cornerbacks remains largely intact from 2018 heading into this new season. The group did lose veteran corner Sam Shields in free agency, but each of the starters — Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman — are all back for a second year together as the leads of the group.

Talib missed half the season in 2018 due to an ankle injury, but came off of injured reserve in early December. His play was a significant part of Los Angeles’ defensive improvement down the stretch. In 11 games with Talib — including postseason — the Rams allowed 17.8 points per game and 321.1 yards per game. In eight games without the veteran corner? Los Angeles allowed 401.3 yards per game and 30.8 points per game.

On the opposite side, Peters certainly benefitted from Talib’s presence. But defensive coordinator Wade Phillips also got to know Peters and his skillset better throughout the course of the season. Starting all 16 games, Peters intercepted three passes and recorded eight passes defensed in his fourth pro season.

One element of this season to watch: Both Talib and Peters are entering the final year of their current contracts. Peters is at the end of his rookie deal, but even at the age of 33, Talib hasn’t shown signs of slowing down.

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Countdown to Camp: Rams wide receivers should continue high level of production

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WIDE RECEIVERS

Newcomers: Jalen Greene, Johnathan Lloyd, Nsimba Webster, Alex Bachman

The Rams have finished No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring over the last two seasons, and production from the wide receiver position has certainly been a significant reason why.

In 2018, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks became the first pair of Rams wide receivers to each eclipse 1,000 yards receiving since Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce accomplished the feat back in 2006. And while it didn’t happen, there was a realistic shot Cooper Kupp could’ve reached 1,000 yards receiving, too, had he stayed healthy through the full season as he racked up 566 yards in eight games.

Those three are once again the expected starters for L.A. heading into the 2019 season. Cooks has been one of the most consistent wide receivers over the last four years, recording at least 65 receptions, 1,000 yards receiving, and five touchdowns while playing with three different teams.

Woods — the oldest wideout on the roster at age 27 — enjoyed a career season in 2018 with 86 receptions for 1,219 yards with six touchdowns. He also had 19 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown, displaying his versatility.

While Kupp tore his ACL last year in Week 10, the team appears optimistic that he’ll be ready to return to competition and performance by Week 1 in the regular season. Kupp didn’t fully participate in OTAs, but was on the field for many of the club’s jog-thru periods — indicating just how far he’s come in his recovery. Kupp has been in integral member of the offense over his first two years in the league, perhaps best illustrated by the fact that he finished tied for the team lead with six touchdown receptions — despite missing the back half of the season.

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Countdown to Camp: Weddle should make significant impact on safeties group


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SAFETIES

Newcomers: Eric Weddle, Taylor Rapp, Nick Scott, Jake Gervase

The safety position in any defense often holds some of the more versatile athletes on the team. Players have to be able to defend both the run and pass, and can be targeted as potential mismatches with tight ends.

Strong safety John Johnson has been able to excel defending both throughout his first two seasons since the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last year, he led the team with four regular-season interceptions (plus one memorable pick in the NFC Championship game to help send Los Angeles to Super Bowl LIII). But he also had three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and a forced fumble — displaying a lot of versatility.

While Lamarcus Joyner played well for the Rams at the free safety spot over the last two seasons, Los Angeles signed veteran Eric Weddle to handle those duties in 2019. A longtime member of the Chargers, Weddle played his last three seasons in Baltimore, recording 10 interceptions and 24 passes defensed for the Ravens. He also had a sack in each of those three years, again illustrating that he can do plenty for a defense.

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Countdown to Camp: Rams have depth at running back behind Todd Gurley

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RUNNING BACKS

Newcomers: Darrell Henderson, Matt Colbum

The Rams have been home to some of the best running backs of all time, like Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk. And with his last two seasons, Gurley has proven that if his career continues on the same trajectory, he deserves to be in that conversation.

The 2015 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2017 AP Offensive Player of the Year, Gurley has accounted for 3,924 yards from scrimmage and a whopping 40 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Thirty of those touchdowns have come on the ground, and 10 through the air.

While there has been plenty of discussion surrounding the health of Gurley’s knee over the course of the offseason, he’ll be able to answer all of those questions starting with training camp — where he’s expected to participate, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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Countdown to Camp: Donald, Brockers lead strong group of Rams defensive linemen


DEFENSIVE LINE

Newcomers: Greg Gaines, Bryant Jones, Marquise Copeland, Boogie Roberts

If you’re breaking down the Rams defensive line, you have to start with defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

The 28-year-old Pitt product has dominated the league since entering it in 2014, and has now become just one of three players to ever win back-to-back AP Defensive Player of the Year awards. Donald recorded 20.5 sacks in his record-setting 2018, setting a new single-season franchise sack record, along with a league record for an interior lineman. Donald also had a league-leading 25 tackles for loss and 41 quarterback hits.

One might say Donald is well worth the lucrative six-year extension he signed last August.

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Countdown to Camp Goff’s growth should help Rams offense in 2019

QUARTERBACKS

After years of the position being in flux, the Rams traded up for the No. 1 overall pick back in 2016 and used it to select Jared Goff. While his rookie year didn’t go how anyone would have liked, Goff has been one of the most productive signal-callers in the league over the last two seasons under head coach Sean McVay.

In 2017 and 2018 combined, Goff threw for 8,492 yards with 60 touchdowns and just 19 interceptions in the regular season — good for a 100.8 passer rating. Goff’s also averaged 8.2 yards per attempt and 12.9 yards per completion over both years, too, as Los Angeles finished No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring.

Those years, however, came with John Sullivan as Los Angeles’ center — and Goff frequently complimented Sullivan on the way the veteran would help set up the offense for success with his calls at the line of scrimmage. Sullivan is no longer with the team, as second-year center Brian Allen is expected to take over the starting duties. And that means Goff should have some expanded responsibility at the line with his young center.

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