St Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis has backed new quarterback Nick Foles to help turn around the fortunes of the team following his move from Philadelphia in March.
Foles was a third-round draft pick for the Eagles in 2012 and in week nine of the 2013 season became only the second quarterback to post a perfect passer rating while passing for more than 400 yards.
And Laurinaitis has liked what he has seen of the 26-year-old since his switch to Missouri and is hopeful he can make a difference to a team that has not enjoyed a winning season since 2003.
"I like Nick. The first thing we saw when he came over here was his leadership, the extra time he put in with the wide receivers," he told Sky Sports.
"You can see why he was successful in Philadelphia and having played against him last year I know what a competitor he is, so I'm excited to have him on our squad."
The Rams, who lost all four of their pre-season games, open their 2015 campaign against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
"We've had a good time against the Seahawks at home. We have the squad to do it," added Laurinaitis.
"We match up really well against them. I just really hope we bring our best performance and if we do that then everything will take care of itself."
Laurinaitis will need to get close to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson if the Rams are to get off to a winning start and he admits Wilson is a slippery customer in and out of the pocket.
"He's like a Houdini back there. He can make a lot of people miss. He's one of the toughest to get. You have to make sure you get him in within the rules. He's a special player."