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RamView: Preseason Week 2 – OLine

* Offensive line: Ahh, MUCH more like it tonight from the Rams offensive line. After giving up six sacks last week, they gave up none tonight, and pass protection looked pretty strong all 60 minutes. Big turnaround for Jason Smith, who looked solid all night and even had a pancake in pass protection. Rodger Saffold looked strong. The middle of the line held up well. The closest thing to a sack was the holding penalty Jason Brown took after getting beat by Ahtyba Rubin in the 2nd. Beyond that, the Rams didn’t get beaten much at all. Blitz pickup was fine with Jackson in the backfield; the blitzes that did get through, including the play where Feeley got whacked, were simply the Browns bringing too many for the Rams to block, not any missed line assignment, as I see it. Even the 2nd unit looked pretty solid, especially the left side, Phil Trautwein and Roger Allen. (The LG I wasn’t real thrilled with last week wasn’t Allen; it was Brown.) Eric Young had some trouble late in the game at RT. Run blocking was much more of a problem; the Rams ran for just 57 yards, including Jackson’s 20.  Obie didn’t have a chance on some of his big losses. Bajema was beaten badly by Matt Roth for a loss in the 1st; Jacob Bell even worse by Derreck Robinson in the 2nd. Bell seemed to have the worst time of the starters in run-blocking, and Smith had some hits and some misses. But since both are barely back on the field from injuries, there’s good reason to believe their play can still jump up a couple of notches. Rams Nation can certainly feel better about the state of its offensive line after tonight than it did after last week.

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