Los Angeles Rams’ 6’4 330 pound defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson is preparing to play a significant role in the 2021 defense. The former Detroit Lion, is entering his second season with the Rams and looks to have an immediately more prominent role with the departure of Michael Brockers who was traded and now finds himself in a Lions uniform.
LA acquired Robinson before the 2020 season as a free agent. Robinson was on reserve for the first half of the season with a non football injury but returned and played in eight consecutive regular season games and two playoff games. In that stretch he produced 12 tackles. His best season statistically was 2017 when he posted 53 tackles and four TFLs.
Robinson will have the benefit of playing alongside Aaron Donald who commands more double teams than any other player in the league. Donald, the three time defensive player of the year, has said in his press sessions that Robinson looks strong and explosive.
Rounding out the defensive front with Robinson and Donald is projected to be veteran lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day and edge rushers Leonard Floyd and Justin Hollins. The Rams defense had the second most sacks among all 32 teams in 2020 and had a league best allowing opponents an average of 4.7 yards per play.
With the secondary bringing Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams on the corners and safety Jordan Fuller, the Rams might again be able to cover without committing extra defenders but also rush the passer with four which means unpredictability on a level expected from last years number one defense.
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