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Social Look: Rookie Check-In

Time seems to slowly pass while anticipation only builds from the draft until the first regular season game.

Next thing you know it's Week 13 and the Rams are coming off their bye.

Luckily during this whirlwind, the rooks have taken to social media to give a glimpse of their experience through their eyes.


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"This is awesome and such a good place to play," outside linebacker Justin Lawler said. "And just the people around here have been so welcoming. Everybody just cares — they want to see you succeed."

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"As far as my family, we moved out to L.A. and just the people out here that have helped us, the organization and the wives' organization has really helped my wife adjust and just the people around here we really enjoy," Lawler added.

"From Week 1 to now, I feel like the team has just welcomed me with open arms, even when I wasn't playing due to injury, but they still made me feel like part of the team," outside linebacker Ogbo Okoronkwo said.

And the atmosphere again hits home for why he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"Guys like Mark Barron, Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh — really all guys you can lean on, hit up anytime, it's a real family atmosphere here you know," Okoronkwo shared. "I love it so far and wouldn't want to be anywhere else."


"John [Sullivan] is a lot of fun and again I appreciate everything he does for me," center Brian Allen said. "He definitely goes out of his way to help me, try to get me to be better and pick up stuff as fast as I can."

"He's constantly helping me and like a big brother, jokingly I call him Dad," laughed Allen.

Defensive end John Franklin-Myers said Michael Brockers is the vet he leans the most on because of their shared base position and Brockers' level of experience.

"I'm more accustomed to this whole process, getting more comfortable out there to play my game and the older guys helping me through the whole thing," Franklin-Myers said.

A high standard from coaches and vets has also produced a special culture for the rookies.

"I'm really learning a lot from coach McVay, learning a lot from the defensive line room, guys like [Ndamukong] Suh, [Michael] Brockers and Aaron [Donald]," defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day said. "They really strive for greatness every day and it's been both an awesome opportunity and experience."

"Everybody has been pulling me along the way, helping me out with some of the things that I'm learning as far as some of the plays and techniques, so it's been good and we've been competing," running back John Kelly said.

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"I definitely think we have a really good running back room, really good relationships, not even on the field, but off the field with each other, so I think it's been good."

"Well Whit [Andrew Whitworth] is obviously a really great guy, helps us, engages with us young guys," tackle Joseph Noteboom said. "I couldn't be happier that I'm behind him."

Since training camp, Noteboom said he's become more comfortable with the technique and plays.

"It allows me to play faster and I think I've gotten a hang on each position — guard and tackle — so just being able to think less and just go out there and play."


The Monday Night Football thriller against Kansas City is obviously one that rookies — well, let's be honest — no one will never forget.

But when diving into the games this season, there are some special moments for the rooks.

For wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, it was when he heard his name called as the next man up in Seattle.

"One of the best moments because I played the whole half and helped contribute to the win, so any way I can help the team be successful, that's really good," Hodge said.

San Francisco is where outside linebacker Trevon Young made his impact with a fumble recovery.

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"This year I haven't gotten many opportunities, so to take advantage and make a game-changing-type play is cool," Young said.

And his hometown noticed.

"I'm from a small town so a whole bunch of people texted me…like half of Des Moines," Young laughed.

Linebacker Micah Kiser couldn't stop raving about being a part of special teams where everyone has witnessed clutch play after clutch play this season.

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"It's been so cool watching Cory [Littleton] block punts, Blake [Countess] return kicks and JoJo [Natson] is really electric back there, so just being able to open stuff up for them, everyone having fun and executing what 'Bones' [special teams coordinator John Fassel] does to the best of our abilities is really fun," Kiser said.

He even found himself next to linebacker Ramik Wilson when for the game-clinching fumble against the Packers.

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"That was such a big play," Kiser exclaimed. "'Bones' actually called that would happen earlier in the week."


KhaDarel Hodge doesn't stop at achieving just one of his dreams.

"Off the field, I'm trying to get into modeling and fashion," Hodge said. "It's always been a dream that I want to do as a youngin'."

Hodge uses his travel and arrival photos as an opportunity to continue chasing that dream.

"Right now I'm just building my portfolio, so I'm just trying to gather a lot of pictures up with a lot of different looks," Hodge said. "Then in the offseason, when I have a little more time, start sending them to agencies and try to get something."