The loss of Von Miller in free agency has loomed large for the Los Angeles Rams throughout the offseason. With Leonard Floyd being the team’s most proven edge rusher, the veteran edge rusher can tell that Terrell Lewis spent time during the offseason to improve his game.
Lewis has dealt with knee injuries throughout his first two seasons, but Floyd sees a healthier and more confident pass rusher this summer.
“He’s been taking care of his body the whole offseason. I can tell when he pass-rushes, he leanin’, he dippin’, and he real fluid right now,” Floyd said. “I’m looking forward to him getting out there.”
When the Rams took Lewis in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft out of Alabama, they knew there were injury concerns surrounding the talented edge rusher. In his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Lewis has been limited to 19 games (four starts) due to knee ailments.
Amid the injuries, Lewis has been able to tally five sacks and a forced fumble in his first two seasons with the Rams. While it was noticeable that Lewis was a bit hesitant with his knee in 2021, Floyd believes he looks much more confident entering the 2022 campaign.
“I can tell he trusting it (his knee) a lot more than he did last year. He’s executed some of his best rushes in training camp. I’m looking forward to him doing it with the pads on,” Floyd said.
Following Miller’s decision to join the Buffalo Bills in free agency, the Rams are going to need guys like Justin Hollins, Lewis and others to step up on the opposite side of Floyd. Even though it’s early in training camp, it’s great to see that Lewis appears to be healthy and ready to take on a larger role this season.