Ebukam returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns during Monday's 54-51 win over the Chiefs. He also added three tackles (two solo) and sack.
Despite playing just 42 percent of the team's defensive snaps, Ebukam managed to join Eddie Jackson as the only players with both an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the same game in the last 10 seasons. The second-year linebacker has 30 tackles and two sacks on the year.
Ebukam is still projected to start at outside linebacker following the 2018 NFL Draft, The Orange County Register reports.
While the Rams selected four linebackers in the draft, Ebukam is still expected to start at outside linebacker to begin the 2018 season. The 2017 fourth-round selection recorded 31 tackles (26 solo) and two sacks in limited playing time as a rookie, so more defensive snaps should lead to better numbers this year. However, it will probably still be best to take a wait-and-see approach with Ebukam in most IDP settings.
Ebukam is expected to step in as a starter in 2018, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The Rams' decision to trade Robert Quinn may have been buoyed by their belief that Ebukam, a 2017 fourth-round pick, is ready to take over one of the starting jobs at outside linebacker. He posted a 39-inch vertical and 4.50 40-yard dash at 240 pounds prior to last year's draft, and then compiled 31 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble on 351 defensive snaps as a rookie. The Rams likely want Ebukam to put on some weight, as the majority of 3-4 outside linebackers check in around 250-to-270 pounds. He'll have athleticism and opportunity both working in his favor this year.
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|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||31||26.0||5||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||14||37||24.0||13||3||1||25||25.0||25||1||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||14||0||0||3||0||2||11||2||1|