With the recent pectoral injury to current starting inside linebacker Micah Kiser, the Los Angeles Rams could look in free agency for a replacement option. Luckily for the Rams, there are some suitable options, both in-house and in free agency.
Let’s take a look at the players available:
ILB Bryce Hager
Hager has been with the Rams for four years now, mainly contributing as a special teamer and reserve linebacker. Throughout his career, Hager has collected only 22 tackles and four quarterback hits. Hager will likely be the first option for Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips as Hager and Kiser were in a battle for the starting inside linebacker spot, rotating for first-team reps.
ILB Dakota Allen
Allen may only be a late-round rookie, though he has done a great job impressing thus far. Through two preseason games, Allen has a combined 12 tackles, though he’s been around the ball damn near every snap. Allen’s play speed, tackling ability, and physicality stand out when he’s on the field. Allen could very well outplay Hager as a starter if given the chance.
ILB Mason Foster
The 30-year old veteran has competed in 107 career games, totaling 661 tackles, 41 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, eight interceptions, and 23 quarterback hits. Foster spent the first four years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the last four with the Washington Redskins. Both Head Coach Sean McVay and Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Barry have experience with Foster, spending two seasons with him in Washington. Foster isn’t dynamic in coverage in any way, though he can still offer help in run support as a tough and physical linebacker capable of making tackles all over the field.
ILB Will Compton
Like Foster, Will Compton is a veteran (30-years old soon) who’s spent significant time with both McVay and Barry in Washington, playing there for five seasons. Compton played for the Tennessee Titans in 2018, mainly as a special teams reserve. Compton doesn’t have a ton of production for a veteran, though he has totaled 286 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, and six quarterback hits. Compton only has 35 starts in his six-year NFL career.