Aaron Donald Explains ‘Choke’ on Elijah Garcia from Viral Video at Rams Practice | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and RumorsAugust 5, 2022
Aaron Donald (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Rams superstar Aaron Donald
said the viral video that showed him “choking” fellow defensive
lineman Elijah Garcia is a drill to simulate shutting down run lanes.
The video, which popped up on social
media Monday, showed Donald putting his hand around Garcia’s neck
and shoving him backwards.
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He was asked about the unique practice
moment by former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall for Friday’s
episode of I Am Athlete (1:40 mark of video below).
“It’s a technique. Run scoop,” Donald said. “I’m closing my ‘A’ gap. This is my ‘B’ gap [points in the opposite direction]. I’m closing that. That’s the guard, I’m closing
that ‘A’ gap. So they can’t cut back, they can’t cut to the ‘A’ gap,
they gotta cut to me.”
Marshall jokingly asked what was more
disrespectful, that drill or one where Tennessee Titans running back
Derrick Henry uses multiple defenders jumping toward him on their hands and knees to
practice breaking low tackles.
“It ain’t disrespectful. It’s a
technique. [Garcia’s] a rookie! He’s gotta pay his
dues!” Donald said with a laugh.
Whatever Donald is doing to prepare
himself for the constant double-teams he faces from opponents each
week is working.
The 31-year-old University of
Pittsburgh product is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year
and eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was also a driving force behind
the Rams’ run to the Super Bowl LVI title last season.
L.A. begins its championship defense Sept. 8
when it welcomes the Buffalo Bills to SoFi Stadium for the NFL’s
annual Kickoff Game.