Donald Plays 68 Percent of Snaps vs. Washington

Posted Sep 18, 2017

DT Aaron Donald was on the field for 48 of the Rams' 71 defensive snaps against Washington on Sunday.

In his return to game action, defensive tackle Aaron Donald was in for 48 snaps — or 68 percent — of Los Angeles’ defensive plays against Washington on Sunday. Only nose tackle Michael Brockers played more among the Rams’ defensive line, finishing with 51 snaps.

According to the press box stats, Donald recorded two total tackles — one for loss — and a quarterback hit.

“I felt good fatigue wise, but I didn’t play too good,” Donald said postgame. “So just got to get better in due time and keep working.”

Donald said he had multiple situations where he was lined up one-on-one against an offensive lineman but wasn’t able to win them, which is why he assessed his performance as he did.

“When I have one-on-ones I usually win those, just doing too much thinking [today],” Donald said. “That’s on me — I need to play better.”

The defensive tackle had a similar assessment of his adjustment to the Rams’ new 3-4 base defensive alignment.

“It’s the same as the 4-3, honestly,” Donald said. “I had a lot of one-on-ones — I need to win those, that’s what they put me out there for. So, like I said, just got to knock off the cobwebs, get out there and play a lot better to help my team win when we’re trying to pull out close games like this.”

And Donald said it won’t take long to get himself back to where he feels he should be.

“I’ll be good next week,” Donald said. “Just to be out there with live bullets just to get the speed of the game and seeing little things that help me play a little faster. So, like I said, breaking down the film and coming back next week a lot better because I didn’t like the way I played today.”

Even with Los Angeles’ next game coming quicker than usual with Thursday Night Football against San Francisco?

“I’ll be good. I’m going to be ready,” Donald said, “a lot more ready than I was this week.”