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Bleacher Report names NT Sebastian Joseph-Day “Most Intriguing Project” for 2019

Ndomukong Suh left Los Angeles for Tampa Bay after just one season in the horns. Can Joseph-Day fill the void next to Aaron Donald?

Los Angeles Rams rookie DL Sebastian Joseph-Day during organized team activities, May 21, 2018. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams swung for the fences when the brought in DT Ndomukong Suh in 2018. While Suh had a lackluster regular season, he was outstanding during the playoffs and he left massive roster gap next to DT Aaron Donald when he left Los Angeles for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While the Rams didn’t replace Suh with another big-time free agent, they do have some in-house options to try and fill his shoes. Bleacher Report looks at Sebastian Joseph-Day as a potential sleeper to step up into Suh’s former role.

Here’s what they had to say about the second year pro out of Rutgers:

The Los Angeles Rams expressed little interest in re-signing Ndamukong Suh.

Instead, the Rams will rely on a rookie and second-year holdover at nose tackle. This year’s fourth-round pick, Greg Gaines, is an important component to the Rams’ defensive interior. Yet, last year’s 195th overall pick, Sebastian Joseph-Day, grew and improved throughout his first campaign and now has a chance to claim the starting job.

”I think especially Sebastian Joseph-Day has really stepped up,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, per Cameron DaSilva of USA Today’s Rams Wire. “We thought he had potential last year, he kept working at it through the year. He’s a real strong, powerful guy inside, so he’s stepped in there and looked good this spring, so we’re looking forward to him coming through the second year, too.”

Joseph-Day doesn’t have to be Suh; he just needs to take some pressure off Aaron Donald.

It’s way too early in the process to determine who will eventually start next to Donald, but Joseph-Day is certainly an intriguing, under the radar contender.