With the Rams season over, it is time to think about who should be back next year at every position. Let’s take a look through player by player. Next up are the offensive tackles.
Alex Barron – Along with Marc Bulger, the decision whether or not to keep Alex Barron is a crossroads decision for the Rams brass. Alex Barron has been decent, which is better than his play the previous years, but not as good as you would expect from a 1st round pick. If the Rams retained Barron, he should move to RT, where he has played for most of his career. It is not likely that Barron will accept a RT-type contract to return to the Rams and possibly the Rams are better off without Barron.
Jason Smith – Jason Smith is the future LT mauler for the Rams. He missed about a month of action with a concussion, but that should not stunt his development going forward. Smith should be moved to left tackle in 2010 whether Barron returns or not.
Rest of the tackles are after the jump!
Adam Goldberg – Adam Goldberg is the perfect backup offensive lineman as he can play 4 positions solidly. He was pressed into duty far too much in 2009, but should the Rams consider him a starting offensive lineman going into 2010? He can play both right tackle and right guard, but is considerably better at guard. The Rams should look to upgrade the right side of their offensive line, but if they don’t get to right guard, Goldberg will be a capable starter.
Eric Young – Eric Young is a backup tackle and Phil Trautwein got into the game ahead of Young in the last regular season game. Young will be back in camp in 2010, but he is no way guaranteed a roster spot.
Phil Trautwein – Trautwein was picked up after the NFL draft by the Rams, then cut by the Rams and picked up by Cleveland. After Cleveland moved him to their practice squad, the Rams got Trautwein back. He is a big strong tackle, who needs some experience before he is asked to play again. Look for him to make the roster next season as a backup tackle.
Ryan McKee – McKee was picked up late in the season and has been working mainly with the special teams unit in practice. He is big and strong and should come to training camp to compete with Trautwein, Young and any new signees for the 3rd/4th tackle spot.