Rams’ Aaron Donald makes good use of rookie at training camp

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Aaron Donald is one of the most formidable linebackers in the NFL, and training with him has proven to be more painful than previously thought.

Donald was seen in Los Angeles Rams workout on Saturday in line against one of the newcomers on the team. Donald placed his right hand around the neck of undrafted rookie Elijah Garcia and stepped aside before swimming around him.

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Los Angeles Rams defenseman Aaron Donald stands on the field at the NFL's training ground, Monday, August.  January 1, 2022 in Irvine, California.

Los Angeles Rams defenseman Aaron Donald stands on the field at the NFL’s training ground, Monday, August. January 1, 2022 in Irvine, California.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Garcia, a quarterback from Rice, got a crash course on how hard it is to be a quarterback trying to block Donald. Even though Donald may have moved at half speed, the 6’1″ NFL superstar’s 280-pound arm around your neck can’t be funny.

Donald added a Super Bowl ring to his impressive resume last season when the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. He quelled fears he was about to retire after the win by signing a contract extension with Los Angeles, which in turn made the seven-time All-Pro a well-paid man.

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Los Angeles Rams defenseman Aaron Donald smiles at NFL football practice on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Irvine, California.

Los Angeles Rams defenseman Aaron Donald smiles at NFL football practice on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Irvine, California.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

According to the NFL Network, Donald received a $40 million raise. He should be guaranteed $65 million over the next two seasons and $95 million through 2024.

Since joining the Rams in 2014, Donald has played at least 16 games in seven of the eight years of his career. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times and was Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his eight pro seasons.

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Aaron Donald, #99, during training camp at UC Irvine on July 30, 2022.

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Aaron Donald, #99, during training camp at UC Irvine on July 30, 2022.
(Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

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In 2021, he had 84 tackles and 12.5 sacks.