Sebastian Joseph-Day was perhaps finally on his way to “the breakout” in 2021 that so many had talked about for the last couple of years. Then on November 5th, eight weeks into the season, the Los Angeles Rams placed Joseph-Day on injured reserve with a pectoral injury and in many ways instead that allowed Greg Gaines to have “the breakout.”
That doesn’t mean that teams failed to take notice of how far SJD had come by the middle of his fourth NFL season and he may draw more interest than most of the defensive linemen who enjoyed a “the breakout” moment while playing alongside Aaron Donald.
So much so that the Rams being able to bring back Joseph-Day on a second contract seems to be well past the realm of probabilities.
In only seven games last season, Joseph-Day tallied 38 tackles, five QB hits, and a career-high three sacks. A sixth round pick in 2018 who didn’t see the field as a rookie, Joseph-Day spent the next two and a half years as a starter next to Donald as a premium run defender on first and second downs. SJD vowed to improve as a pass rusher in 2021 and that’s exactly what he had been doing prior to going on IR.