3 reasons why Alaric Jackson's contract year means great things for the Rams

Los Angeles Rams, Alaric Jackson
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How much does Alaric Jackson weigh, anyways?

Offensive tackles are well-known to be listed as the tallest and heaviest players in the NFL. But the LA Rams official website listed Alaric Jackson with a height of 6-foot-7 and a weight of just 285 pounds. Those are the dimensions of a tight end, not an offensive tackle, leading many to question the validity of Jackson't true size.

The mystery about LA Rams star OT Alaric Jackson was finally solved when he jumped onto a discussion on social media and gave his true weight of 330 pounds. That coincided with his promotion to the team's starting left tackle in place of the untimely early season injury to starting left tackle Joe Noteboom. But Jackson himself would suffer a strange blood clotting issue that would bench him by Week 10 of the 2022 NFL season.

In two seasons, Jackson would start in seven games for the Rams offensive line, allowing just three quarterback sacks.

But through his first two seasons on the Rams roster, Jackson was a designated backup offensive lineman. That all changed in 2023 when the Rams hired new OL Coach Ryan Wendell. After close competition, Alaric Jackson earned the right to start at left tackle for the team. So how did the newly designated starter do in his maiden season as the true starter at left tackle?

Jackson started 15 of 17 games for the Rams, suiting up for 969 offensive snaps, while still appearing in 65 snaps on special teams. Per Pro Football Focus, he allowed just one quarterback sack while committing just three penalties. In his start in the NFL Playoffs, he allowed no quarterback sacks.

That is an outstanding way to open up his NFL career starting at left tackle.