Do or Bye, there is no try season for these 9 LA Rams veterans

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Behind the eight ball

While the LA Rams committed the best pick in their possession in the 2022 NFL Draft to select Wisconsin interior offensive lineman Logan Bruss, let's not lose sight of the fact that it was the 30th pick in Round 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the 104th overall pick. Making matters worse, Logan Bruss was not having a good time of it in his rookie season. When he performed in preseason games, he did not appear to be one of the better offensive linemen for the Rams.

And then he suffered a devastating injury that completely derailed his rookie season. That injury continues to hamper his ability to train this offseason so far, as he is participating in the off-season workouts on a limited basis. In a post-workout press conference, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay emphasized that he is encouraged by what he sees from Logan Bruss, but emphasized that the team wants to be smart about it, and take slow steps to get him up to speed.

The belief that he may win a starting offensive lineman job is a fine hope, but it's speculation at this point. The Rams re-signed veteran offensive lineman Coleman Shelton to serve as an insurance policy for the offensive center position as well as the right guard role. And the Rams have several other players competing for the role.

Does Bruss have enough to claim a starting role?

Logan Bruss may have a full training camp under his belt, but after getting injured in the second preseason game in 2022, that is where his development ended one season ago. While many expect Bruss to be one of the leaders for a starting role, I would not set the bar so high for him.

The thing is, the team has to take it slowly in bringing him back from a devastating injury. Will that translate into a starting role? Or perhaps even a primary backup role? If he has any further injuries along the way, how will that impact his chances? We know that 2023 is the final season for Tremayne Anchrum's rookie contract, and while he has has promising flashes, he may end his four years with the LA Rams never earning a starting role with the team.

If Bruss does not develop rapidly this season, the Rams will not save him a spot next year. The team will reinvest in offensive linemen again, until they have a young group of starters who can start and endure an entire NFL season.