Ogletree was limited to only four games played last year due to a fractured fibula suffered in October, but was rather productive through his first two NFL seasons, totaling 230 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, and three interceptions over that span. Although he'll be coming back from injury this year, he's expected to start at middle linebacker for the Rams, who released long-time defender James Laurinaitis earlier this offseason. Along with that move, Los Angeles' decision to exercise Ogletree's option provides a further vote a confidence that he'll remain a key contributor through the 2017 campaign.
Ogletree was on his way to another stellar season in 2015 before breaking his ankle and ended up playing in only four games. When healthy, Ogletree can provide at least 100 tackles to go with a handful of forced fumbles, interceptions, and sacks. The move to the middle may provide him with even more opportunities, making him a valuable IDP for next season.
Alec Ogletree may move to middle linebacker next season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Ogeltree has resided at "will" linebacker throughout his three seasons and was even on a 10-tackle-per-game pace in 2015 before he suffered a fractured fibula in Week 4. Given a chance to return by season's end, the Los Angeles Rams ultimately opted for caution with a key cog of the defense. Meanwhile, the move to middle linebacker could provide even more tackle opportunities for a player that already has a pair of 100-tackle campaigns on the ledger.
Alec Ogletree (leg) returned to practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to suffering a fractured fibula in Week 4, Ogletree was a force in the tackle department, notching two sacks among 42 tackles in less than a quarter of the season. In the meantime, he's focused on rehabilitation, but an appearance at practice has opened the window to activation from the IR/designated-to-return list, which must occur in order to play in Sunday's season finale at San Francisco.
Alec Ogletree (broken leg) is slated to return to practice next week and has an outside chance of playing Week 17, Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Ogletree was leading the team in tackles before going down, but the St. Louis Rams will not risk him coming back for a meaningless game if he's not 100 percent. The fact that he may be ready for the end of this season does at least bode well for him being prepared for the 2016 campaign, however.
|P3||8/27/16||@ DEN||9:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|1||9/12/16||@ SF||10:20 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/13/16||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|15||12/15/16||@ SEA||8:25 pm|
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