Center of attention
The LA Rams have certainly done an entire circuit at the offensive center position this season. While the team did not add any offensive centers in the 2021 NFL Free Agency market, the team did lose 2020 starter Austin Blythe to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams decided on Austin Corbett until the pads went on, then did an about-face and promoted Brian Allen to the starting role.
But Allen has been banged up a lot this year, opening the door for backup Coleman Shelton to start for the LA Rams for the past two games. But that has pushed the roster a bit thin, and the current spiking of COVID-19 puts the team in a horrific situation if anything happens to Shelton.
If at first, you don’t succeed, try try again. That is the approach taken by the LA Rams over claiming offensive center Drake Jackson of the NFL waiver wire. The first attempt was four months ago after he was waived by the Detroit Lions. The Rams failed then, but have since signed the 6-foot-2 292-pound athletic offensive center.
So far, he has spent time with the Lions, the Houston Texans, and the New England Patriots. While he is a bit smallish, he is an ideal backup for an athletic center like Coleman Shelton or the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce. He is an excellent tactician, able to see and call proper blocking assignments. His athleticism is apparent on running plays, as he is quick to get off and pop through his primary and secondary blocking assignments. He was on the radar for good reason. Now he is with the Rams and is a very intriguing player to keep on your radar.