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2019 L.A. Rams preview: The biggest questions at every position

Linebacker: Can the pass rush make an impact?

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Linebacker was far and away the weakest unit for the Rams last year, especially on the outside. A mid-season acquisition of Dante Fowler saved the Rams from starting Matt Longacre during the team’s playoff run. But the unit really wasn’t impressive even with Fowler.

The team made a splash at the position in free agency, re-signing Dante Fowler and bringing in legendary Packers pass-rusher Clay Matthews. Fowler, Matthews and Samson Ebukam will dominate the snaps at this position. If Matthews can turn back the clock and Fowler can produce, this unit could make a huge impact next to Aaron Donald. But it’s a big “if.”

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