When it comes to the biggest moves by the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason, the addition of Andrew Whitworth ranks near the top of the list.
After finishing with a 4-12 record in 2016, the Los Angeles Rams entered the offseason with two goals ranking near the top of their to do list, which was improve the offensive line along with the receiving corps. If the Rams truly wanted to bring out the best in Jared Goff, they knew the only way that was going to happen was improving these key areas to help their beloved quarterback, which give them credit for doing so.
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Bringing in receivers like Robert Woods (free agency) and Cooper Kupp (NFL Draft) certainly boosted the receiving corps for Goff, but at the end of the day, the argument can be made that no move was bigger than the signing of Andrew Whitworth. Seeing the veteran come to Los Angeles after spending the first 11 years of his career as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals was a bold move for a player like Whitworth at this point in his career, especially since Sean McVay‘s squad was expected to go through a year of rebuilding.
With that being said, the decision by Whitworth to join the Rams just shows how much confidence he had in someone like McVay heading into his first year as head coach, and it’s certainly paying off so far. Thanks to Whitworth, Goff hasn’t only received way better protection when compared to his rookie season, but the veteran’s presence has also benefitted Todd Gurley in the ground game as well, as the running back has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four of the last five games.
At 5-2, it’s tough to imagine Los Angeles being this successful heading into the bye week without Whitworth, and hopefully the success on the offensive line continues once the team returns for their Week 9 matchup against the New York Giants. All things considered, the signing of Whitworth was the best thing that could have happened to the Rams in the offseason, and it’s amazing to see how much of a difference the unit is with him in the lineup.