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Los Angeles Rams VP/COO Kevin Demoff on negotiations with DL Aaron Donald

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Less than a month ago http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-john-sullivan-jersey , Los Angeles Rams VP/COO Kevin Demoff had this to say regarding contract negotiations with DL Aaron Donald:With Donald having held out last year into the regular season and now holding out again this year with the regular season looming two weeks from today, anxiety is high among the fan base over a possible extension. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay alluded to the suggestion that he and the training staff would like to have him by the end of this week to acclimate him to NFL training and gameplay speed and whatnot.But a new interview with Demoff with SiriusXM radio cleared things up...well not at all:It’s not very different than that interview he gave to the Mighty1090 in training camp.“We just don’t agree” has turned into “we don’t see eye-to-eye,” and Demoff continues to insinuate that there’s a balance between signing Donald to their terms and threatening their future suggesting that signing him above a certain rate would hinder the team’s ability to remain competitive.It is what it is.And on a day when the New York Giants and their fans are celebrating locking down one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., the Rams and Aaron Donald are still where they’ve been for more than a year.Which is hardly comfortable right now.(UPDATED August 27, 3:38pm ET)Just heard back from SiriusXM. The audio was from an interview earlier this month.Have to wonder how recent developments have progressed and how, given the two sides weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, that might have changed...Has the Los Angeles Rams’ roster depth improved since last season? Entering year two of Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay’s franchise facelift, it would stand to reason that the team’s depth should be improved. Last year, Mcvay found his starters on offense, auditioned guys on defense, and was mostly blessed to not have to tap very deep into the depth chart to stay afloat. While McVay does everything possible to minimize wear and tear, it seems improbable that the Rams will be able to maintain their string of unusually brief injury-reports dating back to last year. The Rams are hoping that adding another draft class and free agent crop will help fill out the roster, provide insurance, and allow some breathers for starters.Official 53-man rosterPhoto by Harry How/Getty ImagesLet’s take a look at each position group to see if the team’s overall depth really has improved since opening day a year ago: DefenseDefensive Line2018: Ethan Westbrooks, Tanzel Smart, John Franklin-Myers, Sebastian Joseph-Day2017: Tyrunn Walker, Tanzel Smart, Morgan FoxWestbrooks should really be listed on both years, and will continue to be big part of the Rams defensive line rotation, but we had to pick three starters for last year’s line. EW seemed more deserving of the title than guys like Walker or Fox, though all three had played around 30% of defensive snaps. This year Ndamukong Suh, Aaron Donald, and Michael Brockers, will be backed by Westbrooks, Tanzel Smart, Jonathan Franklin-Myers, and Sebastian Joseph-Day. Morgan Fox is hurt. Dominique Easley has been moved to EDGE. While I was personally a big fan of Tyrunn Walker, adding Suh pushes Westbrooks into a a very active backup role. Franklin-Myers also looked like a solid player during preseason. VERDICT2018 depth is a tad betterLinebackers2018: Dominique Easley, Trevon Young, Justin Lawler, Ramik Wilson, Bryce Hager, Micah Kiser2017: Samson Ebukam, Cory Littleton, Bryce Hager Cory Littleton Jersey , Quinton Jefferson, Matt Longacre, Ejuan PriceLittleton, Ebukam and Matt Longacre are now starters, so they no longer count as depth. In that sense, perhaps last year’s backup linebackers were better. Of course going into 2017, we knew little about Littleton’s or Ebukam’s abilities which is still kind of the case. Perhaps Kiser or Young are candidates to ascend in a similar fashion this season. Also, if we are to assume Longacre will get the nod as a starter, then that leaves Easley as a high powered backup at EDGE. Rookie Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is currently on the PUP list, but could potentially have an impact later in the season. VERDICT2017, but it’s close. I might look silly here if Kiser becomes the long-term captain of the defense, but I’m guessing Littleton holds down the fort this season at the mike backer spot.Secondary2018 Nickell Robey-Coleman, Sam Shields, Troy Hill, Blake Countess, Marqui Christian, Isaiah Johnson2017 Nickell Robey-Coleman, John Johnson III ,Blake Countess, Dominique Hatfield, Kevin Peterson, Marqui Christian, Cody Davis I’ve got Johnson listed among the backups, because we’re comparing opening day rosters and Maurice Alexander was still the Rams’ starting safety at that point. Of course, Alexander was demoted by Week 5 and the rest is history, but technically Johnson counts as a backup in this exercise. This year’s bunch is strong. “Slot God” Robey-Coleman is back after signing a three-year extension last March. Throughout camp and preseason, Shields has flashed some of the brilliance that made him a Pro Bowler in Green Bay. Christian is also becoming a versatile weapon for Wade Philips. VERDICT2017, knowing what we know now about John Johnson’s level of play鈥ut Shields seems like a great acquisition, and the 2018 group is strong.OffenseQuarterbacks2018 Sean Mannion, Brandon Allen2017 Sean MannionBasura! Please handle this Lester. VERDICT: I refuse. Running Backs2018 Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis, John Kelly2017 Malcolm Brown, Justin DavisSkater John Kelly seems legit- so legit that Rams decided to carry four running backs this seaons. VERDICT2018Wide Receivers2018 Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds, Mike Thomas2017 Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds Authentic Ndamukong Suh Jersey , Mike ThomasVERDICTWashTight Ends2018 Gerald Everett, Johnny Mundt2017 Gerald Everett, Derek CarrierCarrier had more, albeit limited, experience than Mundt. But if healthy, Everett should be better than he was as rookie.VERDICT2018Offensive Line2018 Austin Blythe, Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen, Jamil Demby2017 Austin Blythe, J.J. Dielman, Andrew Donnal, Aaron Neary, Darrell WilliamsHaving to let Darrell Williams play at left tackle in the event of a Whitworthian injury was a terrifying proposition that the Rams survived. Now they have third-round selection Joseph Noteboom as their emergency tackle, and things feel a bit better, despite him being a rookie. Austin Blythe is solid at guard, and will likely get to start until Jamon Brown returns from his two-game suspension. Jamil Demby is bear, but not really a dancing bear, so it’ll be best if the Rams keep him on the interior for now. Brian Allen seems like a solid piece as well. VERDICT2018, they’re inexperienced, but far more talented.Final DecisionJohnson, Ebukam, Littleton and Longacre have been promoted to the starting lineup, which could potentially leave voids. However, it seems like McVay, General Manager Les Snead, and Defensive Coordinator Wade Philips have been on the same page since last season’s draft and have a clear vision regarding what players are capable of performing specific roles for this team. If that’s case, then it seems likely that there will be at least a few solid contributors added from the class of 2018, despite having no first or second-round picks. Franklin-Myers, Kiser, Noteboom and Kelly already seem like they could be plugged in if need be. At the end of the day, 2018 wins largely because the offensive line seems far more capable of bailing water should any starters miss time. Not all positions are the same, and having a bunch of flotsam and jetsam protecting starting QB Jared Goff could have dashed the Rams’ high hopes in 2018. However, as long as the injury bug doesn’t take out to many starters at once, they should be okay with their improved depth there this season. What do you think? Has the Rams depth improved?

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