The second episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks dropped last night, giving LA Rams fans a lot to be happy about. Unlike the first episode, which focused on team operations in light of COVID-19, this episode featured more of what we’ve come to expect from Hard Knocks – players on the field.
Unlike the LA Chargers who were focused on COVID, we were able to get a glimpse of several new faces – both rookies and other players who have been in the shadows. Seventh-round linebacker, Clay Johnston got a lot of screen time alongside fellow rookie linebacker and UDFA, Chase Rozenboom. The Rams have high hopes for Johnston who is working his way back from an ACL injury and although he might not make the field immediately as a linebacker, he should be a special teams contributor.
We also got a glimpse of two promising youngsters whose first two seasons were derailed by injury. Projected starter at inside linebacker, Micah Kiser was seen telling Johnston to keep it simple and listen to the safeties, while promising outside linebacker, Obo Orowonkwo said that it takes reps, which leads to confidence. Rams fans have high hopes for both players as they enter their third season with the team.
In terms of star power, we saw Jalen Ramsey house shopping in the hills. He mentioned that being traded from Jacksonville to Los Angeles was one of the happiest days of his life which sounds about right. This also bodes well for those concerned about a possible contract extension. There’s no way he would go house shopping if he wasn’t 100 percent certain he’d sign a contract.
Yes, we saw Jared Goff golfing at his house and getting scolded by McVay (something we’ve never seen before), but it was Aaron Donald who stole the the second half of the show. Not only was he looking extremely sharp, but we got to see the teammate side of him. He was helping other youngsters, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Greg Gaines and UDFA’s Michael Hoecht and Jonah Williams master their drills. We know he’s an athletic freak, but this is the stuff that endears him to Rams fans even more.
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