LA Rams OL performing well in training camp. But can you believe it?

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LA Rams Training camp offensive line
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A positive surprise

Let’s not kid ourselves. The LA Rams offensive line woes will not simply vanish just be regrouping a year later.  But the LA Rams have four factors going for the team, each of which has the chance to separately change the way the offensive line performs this year.

Factor I – Rams line will rank higher in 2020 because other offensive lines will struggle mightily. Any offensive line hoping to loop in a rookie or new veteran into the offensive line will struggle early in the season. The more unfamiliar the player is with the NFL, the longer the struggle.  Since the Rams offensive linemen are very familiar with their team and teammates, the Rams will look better in comparison. Think of the NFL offensive line rankings along the lines of meeting somewhat at a night club at closing time.  The Rams are simply more attractive at the offensive line this year.

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Will injuries subside this year?

Factor II – The Rams were bashed repeatedly with season-ending injuries last season. That not only impacted the team as far as their depth at offensive line, but the team was forced to deal mid-season to find a player to slide in as a starter in Austin Corbett.  The team also signed Coleman Shelton to the roster from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

The LA Rams must avoid a repeat of last year’s struggles.  The team will be hard-pressed to keep all five linemen upright all season even without a major injury. We know that veteran offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth will be patched together by the end of the season. The Rams know where the breakdowns occurred last season, and have shuffled the roster to compensate. This year, the Rams have been to the brink and back. Hopefully, everyone knows how to perform better this season.