Ironclad reasons not to sleep on the LA Rams offensive line in 2024

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As the LA Rams pivoted from the 2023 to the 2024 season, there were plenty of question marks hovering over the team. While the defensive front and secondary were huge enigmas, the biggest concern and trouble spot for the team was the offensive line. After all, the team faced 60 percent of the starting group with expiring contracts, plus the challenge another three players who had contributed in key rotational roles in the past.

It was a 2024 NFL Free Agency market that would hold long-lasting impacts for the team.

As the drama unfolded for the team, it was clear that the front office was not approaching this year's roster in the same fashion as previous years. Perhaps it was due to the success that the team enjoyed with a minor investment into the offensive line. Perhaps it was the restoration of a rushing attack powered by second-year running back Kyren Williams.

Whatever the change of heart, many LA Rams fans had hoped for the day when the team would take the offensive line far more seriously. Until 2023, it seemed almost as though the group was a necessary evil, a group of players who could be grown from raw Day 3 draft prospects into NFL starters with the right patience and coaching.

But 2022 provided the bushel of injuries that shredded the concept. Rams backup players were nowhere near ready to step up for the team as their teammates fell to injury. And the lower quality of play created more opportunities for other players to suffer injuries. By season's end, the team had exhausted all financial reserves, had signed countless new veteran free agents, and found itself with an offensive line that no longer had any semblance of a cohesive group.

Something had to change, and it did.