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 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.
Rams Re-Sign Dante Fowler Jr.
Fowler, who was set to hit free agency this week, will now remain in Los Angeles on what is being described as a “significant deal” one-year deal worth $14 million, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
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