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By Dan Arkush

Rams fans were getting more restless by the play waiting for DE Chris Long to start living up to his first-round billing the first half of the season. But once Long registered his first sack of the season in Week Eight at Detroit, the light finally seemed to go on. "He's always been pretty good vs. the run," one team insider said of Long. "And if he wouldn't have just missed on a lot of sack opportunities — Long led the team with nine QB pressures and 15 QB hits — he probably could have doubled his sack total. Will he ever be a true difference maker? Maybe not. But if the Rams draft (Nebraska DT Ndamukong) Suh, he'll flush quarterbacks to the edges, which will help Long." Long went for a prolonged stretch without starting, but in three starts at the end of the season replacing an injured Leonard Little, he was active and productive. "He played almost every snap in the (Week 16) game in Arizona," the insider said. "The more he got to play, the better he got."


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