Rams rookie RB Blake Corum didn't get the memo that he is a backup RB

Though a rookie, LA Rams RB Blake Corum is competing as though he is in the running for a starting role.
Los Angeles Rams Minicamp, Blake Corum
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The Rams have added some tough players

While the annual barrage of player and group projections and rankings have yet to acknowledge it, the team has gotten much bigger and tougher on the offensive line. Keep in mind that both Alaric Jackson (left tackle) and Steve Avila (left guard to center) are starting in only their second NFL seasons. As is the case for many positions, offensive linemen typically show significant progress from their first to second seasons of starting.

The entire group is led by veteran right tackle Rob Havenstein, the senior statesman of the group since the retirement of left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

But the real offseason story for this offensive line is the reconfiguration of the interior offensive line. The entire array of blockers between the two offensive tackles is vastly different from that of just one year ago. For starters, the team has extended surprising 2023 starting right guard Kevin Dotson. Additionally, the team has added a superb left guard in former Detroit Lions left guard Jonah Jackson.

To clear the way for Jackson to start at left guard, the team is moving Avila to start at the center spot this season.

Will any of this matter? Even if the Rams shred defensive lines and create solid running lanes, the team must count on running backs to hit the right holes at the right time. So what does HC Sean McVay think so far?

That's a pretty strong endorsement for a rookie running back who has worked out in shorts and tee-shirts so far. But you can believe the word of Coach McVay, as he's been down this road once or twice before.