As the Rams prepare to begin the next phase of spring workouts next week, they’re a team with plenty of changes on the roster but few looming battles for starting roles.
One position where there should be competition is the outside linebacker spot left with a Pro Football Hall of Fame-shaped hole when Von Miller departed as a free agent, as did Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Justin Lawler.
On Thursday, Justin Hollins laid down a marker. The three-year backup, now listed first on most unofficial depth charts, said the Rams have capable replacements for Miller. And he said he’s confident he’ll be the starter when the season opens in September.
“Very confident,” Hollins said in a Zoom chat with L.A. reporters. “It is a position up for grabs at the moment. We’re going to compete in the room, with Chris, T-Lew, some of the rookies coming in. We’re just going to try to do the best we can.”
T-Lew is Terrell Lewis, the 2020 third-round draft pick who has struggled to stay healthy. Chris is Chris Garrett, coming into his second season after playing 10 snaps in 2021.
Rookies include Daniel Hardy (Montana State), a seventh-round draft pick, and Benton Whitley (Holy Cross), ranked fifth among undrafted players at the position by NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter.
Anthony Hines, a practice-squad member last year, was kept on a reserve/future contract.
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