Rams’ Mark Barron, Gerald Everett aiming to play Week 1
The Los Angeles Rams have been adamant about their desire to stay healthy going into the 2018 NFL season. It appears they made that decision with players like linebacker Mark Barron and tight end Gerald Everett in mind.
Both Barron and Everett have not seen much action throughout the offseason as they work their way back from lingering injuries. However, head coach Sean McVay is optimistic they will be available for the season opener versus the Oakland Raiders, according to Cameron DaSilva of the Rams Wire:
“We feel pretty good about it right now. I think that we’re right on track with guys like Mark Barron that we’ve talked about,” McVay said Monday. “Everybody else we anticipate that we’re kind of projecting as a starter is ready to go. Obviously, the big question is will 99 (Aaron Donald) be a part of that thing or not?”
Meanwhile, McVay is pleased with the progress Everett has made after dealing with a shoulder injury.
“He’s coming back good. He’s really getting out there, running around, being able to run some routes, things like that. It’s been unfortunate because he was doing such a great job before he had that shoulder injury,” McVay explained. “Ted (Rath) has done a nice job kind of keeping him in shape. We’ll get him up to speed as quickly as possible. Really the goal is to hopefully have him ready to go for that Oakland game.”
It goes without saying that the Rams made some significant changes to the defense this year. They managed to add some serious star power up front and in the secondary. However, there is still plenty of uncertainty with their linebacker corps. Barron is the most experienced linebacker in the group which means he will once again have to take on a whole new role in this defense. the Rams are hoping he can serve as a stabilizing factor for this young unit.
Meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from what was an underwhelming rookie year. Last year’s second-round pick struggled to find his footing in the Rams’ high-powered offense. It does not help that the shoulder injury has prevented him getting reps this offseason. Regardless, he has high hopes for a breakout season and it is clear that McVay does as well.