Looking at the 6 Rams named to 2017 NFL All-Pro Team

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 17: Running back Todd Gurley
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 17: Running back Todd Gurley /
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Andrew Whitworth

When looking at all of the interest he was receiving from teams across the league, the Rams were thrilled to see Andrew Whitworth choose the Rams in free agency since it takes a lot for a veteran to choose a team that only won four games all of last season. Then again, Whitworth’s decision to come to Los Angeles shows how much confidence he had in McVay as a head coach, and how quickly he believed the head coach would turn the franchise around, which worked out perfect for both parties.

Offensive line was one of the biggest issues surrounding the Rams in 2016 as not only did Jared Goff struggle to receive the necessary protection, but also Todd Gurley couldn’t take advantage of any openings, with this playing a factor in the running back failing to record a single 100-yard rushing game. With Whitworth part of the picture this season, both Goff and Gurley were able to take full advantage of an improved offensive line to help Los Angeles make NFL history by going from worst to first in scoring by averaging 29.9 points per game in 2017.

Having an experienced veteran like Whitworth will most likely go down as the biggest addition for the Rams in the offseason when looking at the high level of impact he’s been able to make. And when seeing this now marks the second time in three years Whitworth has taken home All-Pro honors, it makes Los Angeles fans appreciate having him on board even more.