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RamView: Week 3 – Offensive Line

The Ram o-line accomplished everything it meant to last week but didn’t. They got Jackson started with great execution on his 42-yard TD run. Fells sealed the end. Jason Smith made a great kickout block. And Jackson had a strong convoy ahead of him, with solid blocking from Jason Brown and Rodger Saffold, getting downfield and picking off a couple of Redskins to keep them off Steven’s back. Brown was key again on Darby’s TD run, clearing out a big hole. Darby got nice gains off blocks by Fells and Jacob Bell in the 2nd half. In fact, this had to be Fells’ best blocking day as a pro, as he also looked great blocking on a couple of smoke routes. The line really took it to the Redskins this week. They got a lot of good push in the running game and passed a couple of 4th-down gutchecks to boot. The running game was especially effective when mauler John Greco spelled Adam Goldberg in the 2nd half. Not sure why that substitution was made, because Goldberg returned, but Greco made it six-man dominance by the Ram run-blocking today, and pass blocking wasn’t far behind. It wasn’t all the best – the line had a frustrating amount of early trouble with former Rams washout Adam Carriker, Smith drew a couple of holding flags and Darby was much too late picking up Brian Orakpo on a stunt on a drive-ending sack in the 2nd. With Bradford getting the ball out quickly and Darby picking the blitz up well otherwise, though, that was the only sack of the game, the Rams preferring instead to give Bradford very solid pockets to stand tall in.

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