Offensive line reinforcements
The LA Rams may not be in emergency mode yet in terms of reinforcing the offensive line, but the Rams need to remain vigilant. The team is down one starter, and any further impact to the offensive line could prove to be catastrophic. The team had a ‘sixth-man’ in the availability of both Joseph Noteboom and David Edwards for the left guard position. Noteboom got the start, and Edwards took over when Noteboom was injured.
Now that starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth is out for the season (although he could return in time for the playoffs), the Rams have Noteboom at left tackle and Edwards at left guard. That means that the Rams’ next injury will trigger another backup to a starting role. That dilution of play quality is what contributed to the LA Rams’ struggles in 2019. Better to fill an open roster spot now to afford a signed player time to learn the playbook and practice with the team.
It’s Cordy Glenn who makes a lot of sense to bring in, as he has eight seasons of experience playing left tackle in the NFL. Glenn was traded by the Bills to the Cincinnati Bengals where he was projected to be the Bengals’ starting left tackle for four seasons. Unfortunately, Glenn suffered a concussion in 2019 which lingered for several games. Glenn was unhappy over his handling, particularly during his concussion, which triggered disciplinary action from the team.
The Bengals cut Glenn after failing to find a trade partner, who continues to be a solid option for NFL teams in need of offensive line help. He remained one of the better left tackles all the way up through 2019. The guy is proficient, is a veteran left tackle, and is available. While he may have high salary demands, that should not prevent the Rams from bringing him in for a tryout.