Terrell Lewis Has a Darkhorse Role in Super Bowl LVI
Terrell Lewis is one of very few draft picks expected to be a long-term option for the Los Angeles Rams franchise. After all, the team has traded a multitude of first-round picks and has jumped through an assortment of hoops to sign star player after star player en route to finding itself hosting Super Bowl LVI in SoFi Stadium Sunday.
That very strategy put a damper on Lewis's first chance at becoming a key role player for the vaunted defense out of Southern California. Lewis had to trade time with Ogbonnia Okoronkwo opposite of Leonard Floyd through the bulk of the season. That made stacking statistics rather difficult for Lewis. It only became more difficult when the Rams acquired future Hall of Famer Von Miller from the Denver Broncos in a November 1 trade.
Through eight games in Los Angeles, Miller has five sacks. Lewis has five sacks in his entire two-year NFL career.
Miller was a key addition for the Rams alongside the likes of wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. which propelled the Rams to the "Big Game."
Still, in the lead-up to every Super Bowl, there are always talks of who the dark horse hero of the game could be. While Lewis will be contending with Okoronkwo for snaps behind the terrifying duo of Miller and Floyd, Lewis is seen as the better pass rusher of the two reserve edge backers.
With the Bengals having serious struggles in pass protection, there's a real shot that Lewis could see snaps in relief of Miller or Floyd and rack up some plays in the backfield. Many analysts see the overwhelming strength of the Rams pass rush against Cincinnati as a prime reason the Rams could win its first championship this side of the millennia. If Lewis is a big part of a win in that effort, he's sure to open eyes across the league and in his own front office to his abilities.