4. Andrew Whitworth’s Impact
Without question, the two biggest needs for the Los Angeles Rams entering the offseason were addressing the issues with the offensive line along with wide receiver. And while the signing of Robert Woods on the first official day of free agency was big, nothing tops seeing the Rams figuring out a way to convince Andrew Whitworth to join Sean McVay‘s squad after seeing how many teams were showing strong interest.
Most players at this stage in their career would prefer to join a stronger contender for a better chance at winning a Super Bowl, but Whitworth must have seen something special in the direction McVay has this team going in such a short period of time. Even for a player his age (35), Whitworth is the type of veteran that will have an immediate impact on the offensive line, and will help make life much easier for Todd Gurley in the running game.
Now that Whitworth is officially on board, most of the issues surrounding Gurley last year should disappear in 2017, especially his inability to record a single 100-yard game. Believe it or not, if all goes well with Whitworth leading the offensive line, Gurley may even be capable of returning to his dominant form from 2015, where he was considered one of the most dangerous running backs in the NFL.