In what shouldn’t come as a surprise at all, Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams earned a spot on the NFL Top 100 list for the 2018 season.
With the 2018 NFL Draft officially in the books, it’s only a matter of time before training camp arrives, as all eyes will be on the Los Angeles Rams to see whether this team has what it takes to live up to the offseason hype. Going from a four-win season to NFC West champions in just one year was truly amazing to witness from the Rams, and there’s no question the this may never have happened if it wasn’t for the stellar play of Andrew Whitworth on the offensive line.
As soon as Sean McVay was hired as the new head coach in Los Angeles after the 2016 season, the former offensive coordinator understood the priority of improving the offensive line to give Jared Goff a much better shot of living up to the hype. After failing to win a single game in seven starts as a rookie in 2016, Goff received some unfair criticism, and was even getting the bust label from some fans that didn’t believe he was capable of being the right answer for the Rams under center.
Turns out, Goff was able to take advantage of an improved offensive line along with a stronger receiving corps to have a strong enough sophomore campaign to earn himself a trip to the Pro Bowl along with Whitworth. Without question, the presence of Whitworth alone made a huge difference when it came to the impact on the offensive line for the Rams, so to see him earn a spot on the NFL Top 100 list shouldn’t come as a surprise at all to football fans.
While fans can’t wait to see how high players like Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley are on this list, Whitworth seems to be in the perfect spot at No. 87, and there’s every reason to believe he’ll come through once again for his teammates during the 2018 season. Clearly, there was a reason why Los Angeles was so high on the veteran last year when they convinced him to come on board after spending all of that time with the Cincinnati Bengals, and if the Rams do in fact live up to the Super Bowl hype, chances are Whitworth is going to be a main reason as to why.
Never in a million years did Los Angeles fans expect their beloved team to be in this great of shape heading into McVay’s second season as head coach, but here they are. Thanks to key players like Whitworth, the Rams are going to be a fun team to watch in 2018, especially after finishing on top of the league in 2017 by averaging 29.9 points per game.