When the St. Louis Rams signed Kendall Langford during free agency during the 2012 offseason, the move went largely unnoticed by the media. The 6’6” 308-pounder out of Hampton isn’t going to be a dominant player that steals headlines or makes top 10 highlights, but rest assured that the coaching staff appreciates the impact he has on the game on a weekly basis.
Coming from the Miami Dolphins, last offseason was an adjustment period for Langford who had to assimilate into the three-technique with the Rams. The defensive tackle wasn’t worried about making the switch as he told the team’s website last offseason, saying:
“I don’t think it will be hard at all. We played a little over and under (in Miami). I played some three-technique, so I think I’ll excel at it.”
Year two will only be better for Langford as his comfort level in the 4-3 alignment will become second nature in 2013. Having a guy like Michael Brockers lining up next to him on a regular basis won’t hurt either and obviously neither will defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn.
This team has the makings of one of the top defensive lines in the NFL, and they boast some quality depth as well with Jermelle Cudjo backing up the tackles on the inside and William Hayes behind the pass rushers on the outside. This front four isn’t quite up to the level of the previous era’s Fearsome Foursome with the great Deacon Jones just yet, but the Rams have assembled quite a talented group.
Another training camp will certainly benefit Langford as he looks to continue his ascending trajectory among the league’s defensive tackles. He may never overwhelm in terms of statistics, but football games aren’t won on the stat sheet. If Langford can continue to refine his technique to fit in with the 4-3 scheme in St. Louis, 2013 should see his contribution to this team increase substantially from a year ago.