Aaron Donald can’t stop smiling about Rams’ prospects with addition of Von Miller

Recently acquired Rams outside linebacker Von Miller (40) mingles with his new teammates. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

The Rams traded for outside linebacker Von Miller three days before, but star defensive lineman Aaron Donald obviously was still feeling the initial effects Thursday.

“I ain’t stopped smiling yet,” he said, grinning broadly and chuckling, after practice.

Donald is a three-time NFL defensive player of the year. The six-time All-Pro has done just fine in his seven-plus NFL seasons, amassing 90½ sacks, including five this season.

But no Rams player might benefit more from the arrival of Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowl player who has 110½ sacks.

As with Donald, Miller has been subject to double- and triple-team blocking schemes from opponents since the Denver Broncos selected him with the second pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

“It’s going to be hard for teams to try and focus on one person because you have so many good players.”

Aaron Donald, on Rams’ addition of Von Miller

Now, with Donald, Miller and edge rusher Leonard Floyd threatening quarterbacks, assigning multiple blockers to more than one will create advantageous opportunity for the others.

“I’ve been getting triple teamed for the last 10 years,” Miller said. “That’s six people right there. And we still got Leonard Floyd and all the other guys.

“So, it’s going to be fun.“

Donald agreed.

“It’s going to be hard for teams to try and focus on one person because you have so many good players,” he said. “It should be fun.”

For the Rams offense as well.

“The first thing is, it makes you want to get up off the bench and watch the defense a little more,” receiver Cooper Kupp said. “As an offense, it’s just incredible to have those kinds of players on the other side of the ball going out there.

Von Miller isn’t the only Ram smiling about the prospects of the defense with the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker added to the mix. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…


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