Jalen Ramsey Suggests Aaron Donald Should be in the MVP Conversation

Published 03/06/2021, 2:53 PM EST
Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (99) celebrates during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Sean McVay-coached Los Angeles Rams finished their 2020 NFL campaign with a dismal 20-30 loss to NFC North champions Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round earlier this year.

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A big reason for their defeat was the absence of star defensive end Aaron Donald, who was forced to exit the field. The Rams ended the regular season 2nd in the NFC West with a 10-6 record.

They were the top-ranked defense heading into the Playoffs due to the dominance of DE Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey.

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Their hopes to seal a spot in the NFC Championship Game were crushed at the hands of a determined Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

But despite the heartbreak, the Rams fans were handed a consolation boost when long-time defensive star Aaron Donald was awarded the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award ahead of Pittsburgh Steelers star TJ Watt.

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Jalen Ramsey lauds LA Rams teammate Aaron Donald

While speaking on the recent edition of Huddle & Flow podcast, former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was all praise for his legendary teammate, Aaron Donald.

In fact, Ramsey even went on to add that Donald deserves to be considered for the MVP award heading into the 2021 NFL season. He said, “A.D. for sure the leader, though.

“You know, sometimes people look at me that I could be more vocal and had a juice….he inspires us to do that, like we gotta lift our game to another level playing with A.D.

“He’s like a big brother and I can’t let A.D. down. I gotta step this up. That’s how I feel, personally. It’s insane that people really, like I know after he won defensive player of the year again, and people, like certain people were in a uproar about him winning, I’m like, ‘Bro, are y’all serious? He is doing these numbers from D-tackle and he sometimes moves around. His impact on the game is crazy.”

Oct 26, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) and defensive end Michael Brockers (90) celebrate in the final minute against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Bears 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ve never seen anyone like him. In my opinion, he’s the best player in NFL. I think A.D. should start being in conversations for MVP,” Ramsey said on the podcast.

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Matthew Stafford’s arrival in Los Angeles this year will elevate the Rams to potential Super Bowl contenders. They have made decent progress under coach McVay and will look to build on that display in the coming months.

Ramsey and Donald will once again be their two focal points from a defensive POV. But can they prove their doubters wrong and go all the way in 2021?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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