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Plenty of offensive linemen

The LA Rams front office has not exactly been asleep at the wheel when it comes to the offensive line. Like it or not, the Rams have lost three offensive linemen for the season: IOL Logan Bruss, IOL Tremayne Anchrum, and OT Joe Noteboom. In response, the Rams have signed free agent IOL Oday Aboushi, Matt Skura, and now OT Ty Nsekhe.

Yes, the Rams have suffered injuries to four of five starting offensive linemen. But that should soon come to an end, as the team is eager to insert starting offensive center Brian Allen back into the offensive line as the LA Rams return from the BYE week. With him restored as their starting center, the Rams will have Alaric Jackson at left tackle, David Edwards soon to return to left guard, and Coleman Shelton back at right guard in time to make a push for the second half of the season.

No room at the inn

The Rams haven’t room on the roster for more offensive linemen with starters returning. Nor does the team have the cap space nor the trade capital to pry a solid offensive lineman from another team.  Besides, at this time of year, which offensive linemen who could really make a difference for the team in the second half of the season are available? The Rams have added three players, and undoubtedly vetted each as they went about their due diligence.

While it may not seem like it right now, when the Rams starters return, the starting offensive line will be Alaric Jackson, David Edwards, Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, and Rob Havenstein. Backups will include:

OC Matt Skura
OG Oday Aboushi
OG Jeremiah Kolone
OT Chandler Brewer
OT Bobby Evans
OT Ty Nsekhe

Practice Squad

OT AJ Arcuri
OT Max Pircher – IPP

In all honesty, when David Edwards returns from Injured Reserve, the Rams could waive an offensive lineman and sign them to the practice squad.

Perhaps the insistence on the LA Rams grabbing more offensive linemen lies in the fact that some still do not recognize the quality of the offensive linemen added to the roster. Since we can address that right now, let’s revisit exactly who has been added to the team this season.