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Rams in the market for a productive edge rusher

10/30/2018 9:11:03 AM
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The Rams most pressing need is for a productive edge rusher, and coach Sean McVay said Monday that general manager Les Snead was exploring possibilities, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

“That’s the main one,” McVay said during a news conference in Thousand Oaks.

The Rams rank eighth in the NFL with 22 sacks, but tackle Aaron Donald has 10 of them.

Second-year pro Samson Ebukam and veteran Matt Longacre have two and zero sacks, respectively. Rookie lineman John Franklin-Myers also has been deployed from the outside linebacker position and has one sack.

Denver Broncos end Shane Ray has surfaced in several media reports as a possible trade target for the Rams because of his connection to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached him in 2015 and 2016. But that also might be the result of Broncos general manager John Elway baiting the hook as opposed to genuine interest from the Rams.

After the 2017 season, the Rams moved to overhaul the defense to better fit Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. They traded linebacker Robert Quinn and did not bring back linebacker Connor Barwin, two veterans who combined for 13½ sacks.

The Rams’ rush presence from outside linebackers was regarded as a question mark throughout training camp and the preseason.

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