Whitworth earning trip to 2018 Pro Bowl for Rams well deserving for veteran

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Turns out Andrew Whitworth will represent the Los Angeles Rams after all in the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Back in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams were considered one of the biggest winners from free agency since they were able to convince veteran Andrew Whitworth to come on board to help boost what had been a horrendous offensive line. The fact that Whitworth was willing to join a team coming off a four-win season like the Rams after spending 11 years as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals shows how confident the left tackle was in Sean McVay as a head coach, and in a way, it looks like this worked out perfect for both parties.

Not only did Whitworth play a big role in an effective turnaround of the offensive line to provide much better protection for Jared Goff, but Los Angeles was able to become the team to beat in the NFC West along with earning the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff picture, although their season was cut short during the Wild Card Round against the Atlanta Falcons. Still, the good news for the Rams is the future appears to be bright for McVay’s squad, and at least for a few more  years, the offense should benefit from the presence of Whitworth.

With that being said, it was kind of disappointing to see Whitworth’s name be left off the list of the 2018 Pro Bowl, as many believed he was one of the biggest snubs after making the impact he did during his first year in Los Angeles. But with Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins dealing with an injury, it looks like Whitworth will get to join some of his other teammates like Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald to represent the Rams in Orlando a few weeks from now.

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Obviously, the better outcome would have been Los Angeles playing in Super Bowl 52 instead of settling for some of their players heading to Orlando, but at least from Whitworth’s perspective, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl for the third year in a row is still quite an accomplishment. Once again, give the Rams and McVay credit for convincing Whitworth to come on board when he did since without him, there’s no way the offense would have finished on top of the league like they did by averaging 29.9 points per game.