Patience, not money, fixes LA Rams offensive line woes

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LA Rams Rob Havenstein
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Changes likely to occur

The Rams offensive line must be a focus for the team’s front office this off-season. Two more offensive linemen from that Super Bowl team are headed for free agency: left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard/center Austin Blythe. Based on the teams approach to center John Sullivan, it’s a toss-up as to whether or not the team will make an effort to retain either player on  the roster.  If that is the case, the team will be left with just right tackle Rob Havenstein as the lone remnant from that season, just two years ago.

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The team has plenty of talent on their offensive line.  The team drafted two offensive linemen in 2019: right tackle Bobby Evans and project starting right guard David Edwards.  Both saw playing time in 2019, which will accelerate their progress in the 2020 training camp.

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Youth movement for team already here

Add to that list backup center Shelton Coleman, who may be ready to compete for starting time in 2020. We know that starting center Brian Allen is returning to health in 2020, as is starting left guard Joe Noteboom.  Guard Austin Corbett will likely compete for  the left guard role, and right tackle will be handled by Havenstein.

Left tackle will definitely be where the hottest competition occurs in training camp. Keep your eye on undrafted free agency Chandler Brewer. With chemotherapy behind him, and all the debilitating effects, Brewer will be ready to compete full force in 2020 for playing time.  And of course, the Rams could target a free agent for the projected left tackle vacancy.