Obviously feeling the need for added defensive end depth, the Rams worked out Andre Carter and Vernon Gholston over the past 2 days, signing Gholston today. The Rams have one of the best defensive ends in the league, Chris Long, who had 13 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, and 58 quarterback pressures on 515 pass rush snaps last year, an amazing 16.1% rate.
They also have a budding star in Robert Quinn, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, who will be a starter this year after excelling in a situational role as a rookie, with 6 sacks, 9 quarterback hits, and 21 quarterback pressures on 341 pass rush snaps, good for an also impressive 10.6% rate. Meanwhile, free agent acquisition and 3rd string defensive end Williams Hayes thrived in Jeff Fisher’s scheme in Tennessee in 2010, with 2 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, and 23 quarterback pressures on 326 pass rush snaps, a rate of 9.2%. Still, they felt they needed added depth at the position.
That being said, Gholston didn’t play a snap in the NFL last season, after being signed by the Bears before the season and then cut as part of final cuts. If the Bears couldn’t turn around the career of Gholston, the 6th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, I don’t think he’ll ever get his career turned around. In 3 years with the Jets from 2008-2010, he didn’t manage a sack and struggled to crack the starting lineup on a consistent basis. With so few days before final cuts (September 2nd) to make an impression, Gholston is more likely to be a final cut than make the 53 man roster.
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