Robert Quinn will still play defensive end in Rams' nickel packages

Los Angeles Rams edge rusher Robert Quinn will play outside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 defense, but he is going to be a down lineman in nickel situations.

What It Means:

New head coach Sean McVay compared Quinn's expected 2017 usage to DeMarcus Ware's in Denver with the Broncos, saying he'll play "Will" linebacker but "be treated like a rush end." The key to Quinn's season will be his health, not his "new" position. Turning 27 next month, Quinn has appeared in just 17 games over the past two years.

The Rams were 18th in opponent-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points per play in 2016.