The Daily Dose: Breaking Down the Rams 2018 Free Agency Signings

This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Tuesday, March 27th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Donald Pass-Rushes His Way To Top Game Grade In 2017

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s phenomenal 2017 campaign earned him the top spot in Pro Football Focus’ player rankings — earning a near-perfect 99.7 overall season grade. But there is one performance in particular that stands out among the rest.

Despite a loss to the Falcons in the NFC’s Wild Card Round, Donald’s 11 pressures and three defensive stops gave him a 98.6 single-game grade.

According to PFF, his 98.6 grade was the highest among all interior defenders in 2017. Plus, 10 of his 11 quarterback pressures came within the first 30 minutes of play, tying Houston’s J.J. Watt for the most first half pressures in a single game in the PFF era (2006-2017). 

Overall, the Pittsburgh product finished the contest with the highest pass-rush grade of the year, a 99.5.  

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Check out photos of Los Angeles Rams new defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Breaking Down the Los Angeles Rams Free Agency Signings</span> **

On Monday night, ESPN.com’s Rams beat writer Alden Gonzalez broke down the Rams free agency moves thus far. For each acquisition, Gonzalez graded the move based on fit and added value, gave his thoughts on what it will mean for the franchise in 2018, and analyzed the potential risks. 

— Ndamukong Suh, DT

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Grade:</span> A

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">What it Means:</span>

“In short: It means the Rams are going for it all this season.”

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">What’s the Risk: </span>

“The Rams’ three big offseason additions -- Talib, Peters and Suh -- are all elite players, but they also have combative, oftentimes enigmatic personalities. The Rams are taking some risks with their locker room culture with the belief that head coach Sean McVay, only 32, can hold it all together.”

— John Sullivan, C

Grade: B

What it Means:

“It means the Rams’ highly successful offensive line returns intact, with Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein serving as the tackles and Rodger Saffold and Jamon Brown returning as guards.”

What’s the Risk:

“Sullivan will be 33 on Aug. 8, and he missed the entire 2015 season because of back issues. Yes, there are risks involved with this. But the Rams prepared for it in the framework of this deal.”

— Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB

Grade: B-plus

What it Means:

“The Rams’ secondary has made a complete 180, from barren at the start of the offseason to quite possibly the NFL’s best before the start of the new league year.” 

What’s the Risk:

“The only real risk here is that it further cuts into the Rams’ cap room and keeps them from adding other players.”

Check out the full list of the Rams’ free agency acquisitions by clicking here.

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