Former Rutgers star on the verge of big NFL paycheck has high expectations for 2021


Sebastian Joseph-Day is the next former Rutgers star to be paid.

The remarkable former Scarlet Knights nose tackle has quietly become a regular starter for the Los Angeles Rams while playing in the shadow of Aaron Donald, the three-time defensive player of the year and arguably the most dominant player. of the NFL. Joseph-Day has appeared in 34 games in the past two seasons (including the playoffs) with 33 starts after a sort of red shirt year as a rookie, and he made 55 tackles last fall.

It will be difficult for the Rams to re-sign Joseph-Day after his rookie contract ends after this season, given the salary cap space they’ve invested in Donald and others. Thus, a breakthrough in 2021 will allow Joseph-Day to cash next spring as a free agent. And his coach believes he will deliver just that, becoming more of a pass rush threat after establishing himself as a strong defender of the run.

“I arrived with him two years ago and he was very raw. Really athletic, great body, but he had a lot of technical stuff to work on. During this offseason, I have certainly seen the greatest growth in his game.Defensive line coach Eddy McGilvra told Rams Wire.

“I think he’s set for an explosive year if all goes well, if he stays healthy – especially being next to [Donald] taking all that attention.

Joseph-Day was a Rams sixth-round pick in 2018 after dominating the pre-draft circuit. He had an outstanding performance at College Gridiron Classic, then trained at TEST Football Academy in Martinsville and ended up on draft boards despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. The Stroudsburg, Pa. Native was a three-year starter at Rutgers.

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