Ed "Pi Double I" Henderson
Today, Aaron Donald, defensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams, was named NFC Week #5 Defensive Player of the Week. The former 2017 and 2018 NFL DEfensive Player of the Year won this award after posting four sacks on the Washington Football Team last Sunday at Fed Ex Stadium.
On Sunday, Donald's performance was unbelievable after applying continuous pressure on the offensive line until receiving his first sack early in the second quarter on quarterback Kyle Allen. After a scramble and run late in the second quarter, Allen was injured by a hit from cornerback Jalen Ramsey and was replaced by veteran Alex Smith.
Smith playing in his first game in nearly two years after a gruesome career and life-ending injury, remarkably rehabilitated himself back into the game he loves so much. Truly an inspirational moment for Smith as he completed his first pass to former Rams tight end Temarrick Hemingway.
However, Smith was not so fortunate on his next attempt as he received his first contact since the 2018 football season. Smith received intense pressure from outside and tried to step up into the pocket where Donald would jump on his back from behind, collecting his second sack of the game.
Donald would get to Smith one more time in the second half and was given credit for another sack after Smith fumbled a snap and tackled for a loss on the play. Donald four sacks were the second time in career after sacking C.J. Beathard of San Francisco 49ers quarterback four times in 2018.
Donald will be licking his chops again this weekend against a depleted offensive front of the 49ers, this upcoming Sunday Night Football Live at Levi Stadium. The 49ers offensive line allowed five sacks on their quarterback last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and it does not get any easier on Sunday against Donald and the Rams.
Troy Reeder, Ram's second-year reserve linebacker, replaced an injured Mica Kaiser, collected his first NFL sack, and added two additional sacks in the game. If the Rams defensive front can continue applying extra pressure, potentially, Player of the Week nominations shall follow for Donald again. Donald's named for his seventh Player of the Week and also named NFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in his career.