Rams duo of Cory Littleton, Micah Kiser at ILB has great potential

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Rams duo of Cory Littleton, Micah Kiser at ILB has great potential

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Rams will have a new starter at inside linebacker. Last year, it was Cory Littleton who stepped up to replace Alec Ogletree after the Rams traded him to the Giants. This season, it’s up to Micah Kiser to fill the shoes of Mark Barron in the middle of the defense.

A lot of attention has been on that void left by Barron, but Littleton is not to be forgotten. He had a strong first season as a starter in 2018, particularly in coverage. His run defense left plenty to be desired, struggling in that area last season. Barron had his share of lapses against the run, too, which left the Rams vulnerable up the middle.

That’s where Kiser steps in as the perfect complement to Littleton.

Ideally, both inside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme would be able to cover tight ends and running backs, sink into shallow zones and fill running lanes. That all-around talent is mostly reserved for the best linebackers in the league – the Bobby Wagners and the Luke Kuechlys.

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The last line in the article is the best, the duo could be an upgrade over the combo of Barron with Littleton in 2018. I was huge supporter of Mark Barron but being undersized for the position and his relentless run support over the years did take its toll on his health.

I expect huge things from Micah Kiser in run support and only time will tell if he is one of the rare talents like a Bobby Wagner who can play both the run and pass at an elite level.

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