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    From Ramswire
    By: Cameron DaSilva

    The Los Angeles Rams have added another Kupp to the roster. On Wednesday, the team announced it has signed linebacker Ketner Kupp, whos the younger brother of Cooper.

    Ketner was among the players who tried out for the ***** after the draft but he was unable to earn a contract in San Francisco. It may have been a blessing in disguise, though, because now he gets to play for the same team as his brother.

    Like Cooper, Ketner attended Eastern Washington. He played linebacker for the Eagles despite being somewhat undersized for the position. Hes just 6-feet tall and weighs 225 pounds, which is obviously small by the NFLs standards.

    In college, he made 152 career tackles and 2.5 sacks in 33 games. He was also a co-captain last season.

    .... alternate thread titles: 2 Kupps 1 Cup
    ..... Rams sign Kupp to ridiculously cheap contract

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    Small / short but successful LB smackers of the past, excellent NFL players.


    London Fletcher (16 seasons, including four excellent years with the Rams): 5-10"
    Sam Mills (12 seasons): 5-10"
    Zach Thomas (13 seasons): 5-11"
    Mike Singletary (12 seasons), HOF: 6-0" [5-11?]
    Bobby Wagner (2012 - present): 6-0"

    I believe there have been smaller LBs way back in the pre-modern NFL that even stood at 5-9" and weighed in at < 220 lbs.

    So much depends, of course, on what type of defense the LB is working (4-3 / 3-4), MLB / OLB, blitzing schemes, etc. As some NFL coaches put it, "Size is only a plus if you are athletic."

    By the same token, smaller LBs have fewer chances of making the final roster, i.e., unless they really compensate by way of speed, heart and smarts ... a tough mindset, hard hitting habits. Hopefully our new Kupp will quickly adapt and learn from the Rams established team of linebackers, young and older veterans such as the grunt, Clay Matthews.

    It would be fun to have a kupple of Kupp's.

    Best wishes to Ketner Kupp (2019): 6-0", 225 lbs.

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      I would like people to say that when they describe the type of player I am, he said. Someone that prepares like a pro.

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