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Grant raises eyebrows as Rams' starting WLB

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By Dan Arkush

It looks like the Rams' "All-Former-Buckeye" starting LB corps will remain intact for a while. It's somewhat surprising, however, that Ohio State alum Larry Grant, who was widely expected to remain a backup on the strong side, has jumped ahead of former Buckeye Bobby Carpenter, a former first-round pick obtained in a trade with Dallas, as the starter at the "Will" position along with former Buckeyes James Laurinaitis and free-agent addition Na'il Diggs in the middle and on the strong side, respectively. "Grant has been very strong on the other side," a team insider said. "He's always been very physical. Maybe it just took him some extra time to absorb the defensive scheme. Having Laurinaitis next to him helps." Carpenter, meanwhile, just hasn't done much in comparison. "It's taking a little while because it's a little bit different for him," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said of Carpenter.


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