Will the real LA Rams backup to LT Andrew Whitworth please stand up?

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Undertaking the understudy role

Finding a young player to play behind Whitworth from the LA Rams roster is not easy. After all, we’ve talked about in terms of the crash course training camp, perhaps is that lack of time no more fatal than training a player for the left tackle.  A month’s time to make introductions to earning a spot on the team’s roster. Worst of all, reps are precious, as the 1’s and 2’s are scrambling to learn the new plays.

Training for the left tackle needs time, time that the Rams simply don’t have to give. Ever pack for a trip in five minutes? That’s the equivalent of how training a backup left tackle is going. That blindside blocker must decide which player to pick up and which to trust for someone else to pick up. It’s a job for a savvy seasoned veteran.

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Necessity births invention

So the process is flawed, the options are limited, and the risks are HUGE. Not a great way to land the franchise left tackle to take over for Whitworth, is it? Well, nobody promised a rose garden.  The Rams have some young players. But the idea was for the Rams to somehow land the “chosen one”.

The Rams had plenty of options during and after the 2020 NFL Draft. Throughout the entire process, eyes trained upon their selection to see if that player had a chance to take over for Big White. When the LA Rams chose offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum, the draft profile from practically all scouting analysts read: “must play guard in the NFL”. So there flew that idea. Or were we simply too hasty?