A drastically improved linebacker corps
The team also invested heavily in their biggest area of need: linebacker. Much of Las Vegas’ issues in both run and pass defense stemmed from a pitiful linebacking corps. However, the team has managed to instantly inject new life in the unit by adding Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski.
Littleton is the team’s biggest addition thus far. The former Pro Bowler has supplied the Los Angeles Rams with excellent production as a tackler in his four pro seasons. In fact, he has averaged 129.5 combined tackles over the past two years.
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He is also considered to be one of the best coverage linebackers in football. His presence on the roster will immediately improve the run and pass defense in a tangible way. His three-year, $36 million contract is hefty, but well worth it.
While Kwiatkoski is not at the same level as Littleton, he represents a drastic upgrade over last season’s players. The former West Virginia star had his best career season in 2019.
He recorded 76 combined tackles and is especially proficient as a run defender. His three-year, $21 million deal is also quite reasonable.
Cory Littleton: A
Nick Kwiatkoski: B+