5. Better protection from offensive line
One of the main reasons behind Jared Goff‘s inability to win a single game as a starter last year as a rookie was due to poor play on the offensive line, which is why the Los Angeles Rams made it one of their top priorities to address this offseason. Between the big signing of Andrew Whitworth in free agency to trading Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions, give the Rams credit for living up to their word, but the unit still needs to prove themselves when it matters the most during the regular season.
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After struggling at times in the first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, the offensive line for Los Angeles did show signs of improvement during their second contest against the Oakland Raiders this past weekend. Not only did Goff look extremely comfortable under center, but the quarterback was only sacked once, and even helped lead the team to three scoring drives.
This next preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers will be extremely important for numerous members of the offensive line to show where they stand with Week 1 right around the corner since the third game of preseason is always considered to be a dress rehearsal. Assuming the unit continues to improve, Goff’s job running the offense should be a lot easier to deal with now that he will have better protection.