The final 3 LA Rams games are vital for OL Chandler Brewer

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There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the LA Rams offense, and as a result, the Rams roster and the team’s offensive linemen are rather concerning for next season. Despite that uncertainty, there are still players on the team whose future is within their grasp. One such player, offensive lineman Chandler Brewer, is in the last year of his contract.

The thing is, I think that he would love nothing better than to return to the Rams for the 2023 NFL season, and beyond. But he has been injured, and has only shown up in four Rams games, and started two. In that period, he was admittedly one of the better Rams offensive linemen. But, like so many offensive linemen who played for the Rams this season, the sample size is small, and the injury in such a short time throws a question into Brewer’s durability.

Well, Chandler Brewer is designated for return now. The question is, what can he do in the time remaining for this season?

I think quite a bit, actually. Brewer has long been a player who has been praised by the Rams coaching staff. He originally signed with the Rams after the 2019 NFL Draft and was viewed as having bonafide NFL-caliber potential. Fortunately, he is a cancer survivor, but when COVID-19 hit in 2020, Brewer’s compromised immune system forced him to opt out for a season.

He’s a dependable performer on the Rams roster

He returned to the Rams roster in 2021, and secured a roster spot once more, even showing up in seven games for the team, both on offense and in special teams roles. But this year, 2022, was ideal for him to step up and showcase his ability to perform as an NFL starting offensive lineman.

For 118 offensive snaps, that is exactly what he did. He allowed no quarterback sacks and committed no penalties. But that was only two games. Now, with his return, he hopes to get more playing time and resume his performance for the LA Rams. Ideally, he would love to secure an extension, but even if that fails, closing out the season on a strong note could have a strong influence on luring interest in signing him from other NFL teams.

While he has not gotten a great deal of live action with the Rams, he has been dependable and versatile. That should be enough to persuade the team to bring him back. But if there is any doubt by the Rams to do so, a strong finish could be the ticket to ensure a contract extension.

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