The Los Angeles Rams made the huge splash move this offseason to add All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the mix on a one-year, $14 million deal. The attention has immediately pushed toward the sudden pairing of two of the game’s most dominant players at the position in Suh and Aaron Donald.
However, this has also pushed Michael Brockers a bit out of the picture despite proving to be a major factor on the defensive front for the Rams throughout his career. Despite that, Brockers has voiced much excitement for the opportunity to play with what could be a daunting duo, according to Kristen Lago of TheRams.com:
“My first thought was, wow, we’re making big moves. Secondly, just seeing how we will play together. How will it work?” he said of his reaction to the Suh signing. “[But] I think this defense — the way that Wade Phillips coaches it — it’s an attack-style defense. So there’s enough stats around and enough tackles around for everybody.”
The trio of these three could become quite a force to reckon with up front for opposing offensive lines. Each has shown the ability to be game changers. Although much of the shine has been on Donald, which has been deservingly so, Brockers has more than held up his own end of the bargain.
The 27-year-old is coming off arguably his best individual campaign where he totaled a career-best 55 tackles with 4.5 sacks, and four pass deflections while playing in all 16 regular season games. Brockers has proven to be a major asset defensively and could become an even bigger factor alongside Suh and Donald next season.
There is plenty of optimism around the Rams that uplifted a tremendous amount expectations toward the franchise. Along with the other additions the team has made to that side of the ball this offseason could pave the way to a promising 2018 season.