While the LA Rams seem to be settling in on a starting five offensive line, there are still remaining questions. For one thing, the LA Rams running game, so dependant upon running the ball between the tackles in the past, could not generate any punch in the middle of the offensive line last year. Without the risk to be sliced in half by the running game, defenses loaded up to the outside, blitzed the middle, and made quarterback Jared Goff’s day miserable.
The Rams need reinforcements at the interior of the offensive line. A veteran who knows how to pick up a blitz at the A-gap, and how to move the pile on a running play to create a running lane up the middle. While the Rams have their starters in place, it’s not too late to sign on a veteran to push for playing time and to help coach up the many younger players on the team.
Watford is a solid pass blocker
IOL Earl Watford is such a veteran. He is a 6-foot-3 300-pound interior offensive lineman who is entering his seventh season. While he is a bit of an NFL journeyman, he’s capable enough to have earn 25 starts over the 71 games he’s played. Each season, he becomes more experienced, more capable, and more intriguing.
Watford did not give up any sacks in 2019, despite playing for 322 offensive snaps. The result? He earned a 64.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, the best grade of his career. The Rams would enjoy a phalanx protecting Goff. Goff would love it. And the key is just to bring him in for a tryout and see what he’s got.