Opponent Scouting Report: Rams Offensive Line
The Rams’ offensive line was a main reason for their struggles last season, but they’re unit looks much improved heading into 2017.
The Rams finished dead last in the league in total offense in their first year in Los Angeles ranking 32nd in both passing and rushing offense according to Football Outsiders.
There were a multitude of issues that led to their anemic offensive performance last season, but it all started in the trenches with an offensive line that was dominated thoroughly week in and week out.
Los Angeles’ front office made a concerted effort to improve their offense this offseason, and that began by signing perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth in free agency.
Whitworth is entering his 12th NFL season at 35 years old, but he continues to perform at a high level putting in one of his best seasons as a pro in 2016. Whitworth’s leadership in the locker room will be just as valuable as his ability to protect Jared Goff as this offensive line continues to develop.
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Center John Sullivan was another interesting offensive line acquisition this offseason as he hasn’t started consistently since the 2014 season. However, he was one of the league’s best centers before he began struggling with injuries over the past couple of years, and he could return to that form with the Rams this season.
Left guard Rodger Saffold and right tackle Rob Havenstein are a couple of other solid performers on the line, but right guard Jamon Brown is unproven and could be the one weakness of this unit.
The Colts have definitely improved their defensive line this offseason, but the Rams may have matched that improvement along their offensive line with some shrewd acquisitions themselves.