Jake Long had his introductory press conference earlier Thursday as he officially became a member of the St. Louis Rams. Long signed a 4 year $34mil contract last week.
There is much concern about Long’s health as he has had multiple injuries the last couple of years, but both the Rams and Long believe he can get back to elite Tackle status. “I’m feeling great; I’m about four months out of surgery. Feeling strong, working real hard, just ready to get back on the field and get all this rehab stuff behind me.” Long said. “Now, honestly, this is the best I’ve felt in years, maybe ever. I’m just excited to get back to my old self.”
Long will be joining a shaky offensive line that, until the Buccaneers game last season had allowed Sam Bradford to be sacked in 30 successive games. If the Rams can draft a guard such as Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper, it could become one of the better units in the league.
Long not only will add much needed stability to the offensive line, but veteran leadership to the offense as well. With the departures of Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola, veteran leadership is lacking. “I’m gonna bring what I always bring; leadership.” Said Long, “I’m the kind of guy that leads by example”
Long will be the be the best offensive tackle the Rams have had since future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace. Long will wear number 77 as he did in college and in Miami.