The Rams are approaching the first roster cut down to 75 men. While it may seem like the absolute wrong time to bring in free agents, if the right opportunity presents itself its not a bad idea. With that being said here are two veterans I believe could help out the Rams.
Donte Whitner, Safety
If you go by Twitter well then Donte Whitner looked like a surefire Ram. If you don’t follow Mr. Hitner on twitter and didn’t look at his recent people followed at one point they were all Rams players. On top of that the constant tweets about him going L.A. and how he kept preaching patience. Now it appears while he could be the plan all along, its unlikely the Rams sign Whitner.
They should though and here’s why. The Rams are looking at starting Maurice Alexander who could be shaky early on due to the new lack of experience. Outside of him it’s between Cody Davis and Crhistian Bryant who have liked average in the preseason so far. Whitner is a veteran who could step in and set a tone early for the young defensive secondary. On top of the free safety position, many people seem to be forgetting T.J. McDonald who starts at the other safety position was never cleared by the NFL. By that I mean there could still be a suspension looming, after all he was arrested for a DUI this offseason and if the Rams depth chart is any indication McDonald is listed as a third string safety. Whitner’s primary positin is strong safety so he could fill in without a significant drop-off in play.
Maybe, just maybe Whitner signs as soon as the Rams start the season putting McDonald on the suspension list or maybe not either way you can’t dislike the idea of having Whitner in horns.
Keenan Lewis, Cornerback
The Rams look scary at cornerback and its not a good type of scary. During the last two preseason games the first team cornerbacks for the Rams haven’t played up to the level we were expecting. Veterans LaMarcus Joyner and Coty Sensabaugh look lost out there and while E.J. Gaines looked good last night the Rams may need to take a look at Keenan Lewis.
I am all for letting the younger guys like Mike Jordan, Troy Hill and Marcus Roberson get a crack at a starting job but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Quite honestly I am worried the coaching staff is too attached to Joyner and Sensabaugh who are two guys who haven’t really ever looked productive in the NFL. Lewis right off the bat gives them a veteran presence at 30 years of age. He has been bothered by injuries but he proved in his last year on the Pittsburgh Steelers and first year in New Orleans he can flat out play the cornerback position. He is not a ball hawk instead he at his best he is a shutdown corner. He has accumulated 49 pass breakups over the last four seasons which is 10 more than elite shutdown corner Darrelle Revis.
In recent news it appears Lewis didn’t get along with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen which ultimately could have affected his play. He would have a much better coordinator in Gregg Williams and would be playing next to rising-star cornerback Trumaine Johnson. The Rams need to take advantage of another team’s “trash” and perhaps he could end up being their “treasure”.
I believe signing two veterans in Lewis and Whitner could be just enough veteran presence to push the kids over the edge. Awhile back before the Fisher and Snead era, the Rams traded for veteran WR Mark Clayton because they weren’t satisfied with their wide receivers. He ended up paying dividends helping out the former Ram rookie QB Sam Bradford. Perhaps the Rams should admit they made a mistake in their failure to replace Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod and delve into the free agency market.
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