Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have to go into the 2018 season having lost Alec Ogletree, Connor Barwin, and Robert Mathis, who all departed this offseason.
Instead, Phillips will have Cory Littleton, Samson Ebukam, and Matt Longacre projected to be his starting linebackers, and despite their collective inexperience, Phillips is confident in what they can do.
“We’ve got some good looking players,” Phillips said, according to Kristen Lago of the team’s official website. “We’re not set there like we are in some other positions as we are with cornerbacks and safeties, but we’ve got some good players up front. So, we have a lot of strength, we just need some guys to come through, and it looks like they have the ability to.”
“I think when you just really look at it from a big picture standpoint on the defensive side of the ball, Cory Littleton playing that MIKE linebacker spot has done a great job,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said.
Rams’ Todd Gurley Talks About Knee Injury
Gurley says that while people may have some concern with how he will play when he returns from the knee injury, he has nothing to prove.
“I don’t have nothing to prove,” Gurley said, during an appearance on SiriusXM Radio. “That’s the thing. I’ve been doing this my whole life. This is the same stuff for me, over and over.
It’s the same old stuff, and I keep doing the same old thing. I really just play my game, honestly. I don’t worry about too much. I just try to be as good as a teammate as I can and just help my team win honestly.”
Gurley provided an update on his knee recently as well.
“It’s good, man. It’s good,” Gurley said, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “I’m just like, hey, we’re going to find out in training camp, you know? Once training camp comes, you’ve got the preseason, but you don’t have a lot in preseason.”
Gurley posted 1,251 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns last season for the NFC Champion Rams.
Rams’ Blake Bortles Lauds Coaching Staff
Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback Blake Bortles is impressed with the coaching taking place within his new team.
“It’s been awesome,” Bortles said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Seeing how he coaches, how all the other coaches coach and how the guys are receptive and take it, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The Jaguars released Bortles earlier this offseason and moved on to veteran Nick Foles, whom they signed in free agency.
Rams Sign Blake Bortles
Bortles was recently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent his entire career before being unceremoniously benched in 2018, and ultimately released this offseason.
Bortles will now backup Rams’ starting quarterback Jared Goff.
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