5 LA Rams players the team must re-sign for 2021

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There may be better players at the center position than Austin Blythe, but when I look over the Rams roster depth chart, I see Blythe and Brian Allen. The Rams waived a prospect I hoped might make noise in Cohl Cabral. And despite the strong showing for the Washington Huskies at the offensive center, interior offensive linemen Coleman Shelton has never really clicked for the Rams.

So it’s going to come down to a rehabbed Brian Allen. Or it will fall to a re-signed Austin Blythe. Even if the LA Rams draft a stud at the offensive center position, the team will want Blythe on the roster, if only for one more season.

I can’t explain why the LA Rams signed Blythe to just a one-year contract, then proceeded to ignore the position for the entirety of the 2020 NFL season.  The team began the season with Brian Allen still a scratch on game day as he fought to return to full health. The team had an emergency backup on the practice squad with Cabral. When Allen recovered, the team moved on from Cabral.

But right now the depth chart at the center is Allen. Just Brian Allen. Of course, the Rams can repurpose players like Austin Corbett or Tremayne Anchrum to compete at the center position..  And of course, there is every expectation right now for the Rams to address the center position in the 2021 NFL Draft.  However, in all scenarios, the best option to open the 2021 NFL season is Blythe at the offensive center.