One of my favorite things about the offseason, specifically once things get kicked off with rookie minicamps, OTAs, etc., are the moments when the rookies and other young players get their chance to stand out.
According to to Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski, that player for the Rams thus far has been rookie linebacker Ernest Jones.
Despite not being the most-heralded defender at his position in this year’s draft, he’s turning heads the best way he knows how.
“Ernest Jones may be only 21 years old, but he’s quickly taking charge of the Los Angeles Rams defense when he’s on the field,” says Sobleski. “The rookie is already making the calls with the first-team defensive unit.”
“‘That’s what I was kind of brought in here for, to be vocal and continue what I did in college,’ Jones told reporters. ‘The first few days, [I was] being a little cautious and nervous [about] speaking in front of [teammates]. In just these last few days, I’ve become comfortable with them.’”
“‘Once you see something, you take control, you call it out. Not being nervous, you know, bashful.’”
“Jones fell to the third round because he’s not the swiftest linebacker. But his ability to process and relay information will be vital to the Rams defense and could very well earn him a starting role.”
Ernest will benefit from stepping into a weak position group that needed to welcome a potential future starter in this year’s draft. By the looks of how last year’s defense performed despite some lesser-known defenders in the middle, the bar isn’t all that high for Jones to step in and make an immediate impact. My prediction is that he’ll earn a starting spot next to Kiser in 2021.
Now for today’s links.
Check out the top photos from OTAs (TheRams.com)
Listen to the latest comments from the podium (TheRams.com)
Jared Goff will cost the Rams more than Matthew Stafford in 2021 (The Rams Wire)
Jacob Harris has sky-high potential (Ramblin’ Fan)
NFL minicamp storylines to watch (ESPN)
The Titans really traded for Julio Jones (ESPN)
The Aaron Rodgers situation has divided the fan base (NFL.com)
The worst decisions made by NFL teams since the draft (Bleacher Report)
Ja’Wuan James is filing a grievance against the Broncos (Pro Football Talk)
Which other NFL stars could be dealt soon? (CBS Sports)