Can 2nd year IOL Logan Bruss earn a role in 2023?

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The LA Rams had high hopes for rookie Logan Bruss in 2022. But after an injury sat him for the entire 2022 NFL season, essentially becoming a rookie red-shirt year for the guy. He has a new opportunity for the LA Rams offensive line, perhaps even a chance to earn a starting role for the team. But to do so, even in the wake of former starter David Edwards hitting free agency, Bruss will need to show a lot of improvement in training camp this season.

That gets a bit complicated because he sat out the season from injury for a reason. Even now, the guy is still rehabbing. The hope is that he will be ready to go in time for OTAs and training camp. So far, that timeline appears to be on track

Still, that seems like a very long time to be rehabbing. How bad was his injury? While it's not exactly the same injury, it is very similar to the injury suffered by Brian Allen in 2019. In summary, he tore both his ACL and MCL, and that type of injury takes quite some time to recover from:

The trick is that Bruss appeared to be struggling mightily even before his suffered an injury. The belief among fans is that after he was drafted, he would be given the chance to compete for the team's starting right guard position. But even through training camp, it became clear that veteran Coleman Shelton was easily winning the battle. By the time preseason arrived, even Tremayne Anchrum Jr. appeared to be much farther ahead than Bruss.

With his injury, Logan Bruss has a chance to reset his timetable, and perhaps use his rookie season's experience to get a jump on the competition for the 2023 NFL season. That will be easier said than done, as he is now trying to overcome last year's injury on top of competing for playing time on an offensive line that will undoubtedly be under close scrutiny this season.

Making matters worse, some believe that the LA Rams will be investing heavily in the offensive line during the 2023 NFL Draft. While I'm skeptical, the Rams could surprise and use one of two Day 2 picks to select an interior offensive lineman, adding even more competition to the Rams training camp.

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We titled this article: Can 2nd year IOL Logan Bruss earn a role in 2023? I'm not sure that we've answered that question. While he certainly has all of the makings of delivering as a starter for the LA Rams, he will need to put on a much better showing in 2023 if he hopes to earn a starting role. But he seems determined to do exactly that.