Rams’ Aaron Donald still sees a lot of ways to improve his game
It would seemingly be impossible for Aaron Donald to play much better than he has recently. The Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle has won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in each of the last two seasons, so it wouldn’t seem like there’s a ton of room to grow. But don’t tell that to Donald.
Donald has an insane work ethic and is always in the lab looking to get better. Speaking after a recent OTA practice, Donald revealed he isn’t quite all the way happy with where his game is at. Donald has a new defensive line coach this year, Eric Henderson, who he says has been helping.
“He’s working a lot of different drills that I feel like can help me get better, improve my game. He’s pushing me. Like I said, he broke down stuff on me, showed me things that I need to correct in my game,” Donald said, per Myles Simmons of the team’s official site. “So having him here, having him coach me with the different drills we’re out there doing, things that I needed to work on, that I needed to improve — I’m just excited to keep working with him,” he continued.
Because he was angling for a new contract and staying away, Donald had missed OTAs in each of the last two seasons. This is his first time participating in the Sean McVay era, and he’s clearly taking advantage.
“I think you need to be here with the guys, and just build that relationship — just learning each other, being around each other, pushing each other,” Donald explained. “So this is a big party that I definitely did miss, and [I’m] happy I’m here now working with these guys.”
Donald is still in the prime of his career, and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He’ll be a one-man wrecking crew yet again next season and is once again the league’s best defensive player heading into 2019.