A recent photo of Aaron Donald working out shows why the Los Angeles Rams star is considered one of the best in the league on defense.
No one needs to explain to the Los Angeles Rams just how great of a player Aaron Donald is since the former Pittsburgh star has been named Defensive Player of the Year two years in a row for a reason.
Despite all of the drama from the offseason in each of the last two years over his contract situation, the Rams finally rewarded Donald last August with a hefty six-year extension he clearly deserves to make sure he would be around for the long run.
So how did Donald perform during his first season under a new deal? Well, the fact that Donald set a career high of 20.5 sacks despite missing all of training camp and preseason shows what kind of work ethic he has, probably one of the best in the league.
Even this past week at the league meetings, Sean McVay discussed how Los Angeles was already considering a plan in regards to Donald for training camp, with the fact that he most likely wouldn’t need to play in preseason sticking out the most.
Clearly, if McVay and the Rams are willing to take an approach like this with Donald, they’re never going to be concerned over whether he’s staying in shape during the offseason.
In fact, when looking at a recent photo displayed by Donald himself on Instagram, this will only fire up football fans even more over what could be in store for the 2019 season.
Once again, Donald appears to be spending part of his offseason working out in Pittsburgh like preseasons, and one can only imagine some of the workouts he’s been doing to somehow elevate his game to a whole new level in 2019 to keep the Rams in solid shape on defense.
After losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53 the way they did, Donald and the rest of his teammates will hopefully be motivated more than ever to make sure the team is in the best position possible to make another run with better results.
With Super Bowl 53 taking place about two months ago, Los Angeles Rams fans are still trying to figure out what exactly was going on with Todd Gurley and his knee towards the end of the regular season along with the playoffs.
Originally, Gurley’s knee injury appeared to be minor when the former Georgia star missed the final two games of the regular season, as this appeared to be the Rams just taking a safe approach with their beloved running back.
Even when Gurley returned to action for the Divisional Round contest against the Dallas Cowboys, there weren’t any concerns since the Pro Bowler looked like his usual self on offense, and looked ready to help carry Los Angeles to a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.
As Rams fans know, this was far from the case after watching Gurley be limited to just 10 rushing yards with a touchdown on four carries in the NFC Championship followed up by 35 rushing yards in the Super Bowl on only 10 carries.
Normally, a running back with Gurley’s set of skills would seem capable of handling anywhere from 20-30 carries in either contest.
So when Sean McVay and the Rams continued to push the narrative leading up to the Super Bowl that Gurley’s knee was completely fine, it was concerning to see the running back look like anything but himself in the two most important games of his NFL career.
Eventually, fans found out that Gurley was dealing with arthritis in his knee, but this update still didn’t provide them with the answers they had been looking for since McVay and the rest of the organization seemed to previously be keeping fans in the dark over what was really going on.
Heading into the month of April, Gurley’s knee is still one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the team, and while McVay joked this week at the league meetings about how he was done talking about the injury, deep down the head coach knows this topic isn’t going away anytime soon.
Until Gurley actually proves in a meaningful game there are no concerns about his knee, Rams fans and the media should be bugging McVay for updates, especially after seeing how the situation was handled in the winter during the playoffs.
Once again, Los Angeles will be entering the 2019 season as one of the early favorites to make a run at the Super Bowl in the NFC, but their chances could take a hit if Gurley isn’t at full strength.
Aaron Donald is coming off his second straight season winning Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Los Angeles Rams reach the Super Bowl. He etched his name into the record books along the way, recording the most sacks in team history and the most ever by a defensive tackle (20.5).
Most players would take some time off after the sort of campaign, but not Donald. He’s cut from a different cloth, and it’s why he’s arguably the best player in football. Since the end of the season, he’s been working out constantly, mostly back home in Pittsburgh.
On Friday, he showed everyone the results of his hard work. He shared a photo on Instagram of himself, Steelers running back James Conner, former Buccaneers defensive end Will Clarke and Bengals wideout Tyler Boyd.