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On The Bubble: OL Edition

With the cutdown from 90 to 80 players coming in a week, there is no better time than the present to look at the Rams roster and who will make the team, today is the offensive linemen.

Since the Rams use a lot of versitile offensive linemen, especially backups, it wasn’t fair to split this up into center, guard, tackle, so instead we will complete the whole group in one fell swoop after the jump.  To the big uglies!

Starter (LT): Rodger Saffold – Saffold had a transcendent rookie year compared to his expectations after being drafted.  Saffold has become a solid blindside blocker for Sam Bradford.  He is not Pro-Bowl quality yet, but the potential is there for the solid 2nd year lineman.

Starter (LG): Jacob Bell – Bell has not lived up to his huge free agent contract, but after restructuring the deal and returning to the Rams, Bell looks to improve even further with the improvement around him on the line.

Starter(C): Jason Brown – Brown also hasn’t lived up to his huge center contract, but is big and has the physical skills to be a top flight center.  This season, the offense will take the protection calls out of his hands and to the QB.  Brown will be able to focus on the snap and blocking.

Starter(RG): Harvey Dahl – The Rams made a big splash with Dahl and his nastiness (some will call it dirtiness) will hopefully rub off on the rest of the offensive line.  Last season, RG was a black hole for run blocking with the undersized Adam Goldberg stationed there.  Dahl should change that.  Look for big runs to the right.

Starter(RT): Jason Smith – Smith will never live up to his draft status and it is probably time we stop measuring him by that stick.  He is a quality run blocker, but still liable to errors and getting pushed around in pass protection.  As he gets better with age, should become a solid if not great RT.

Backup: Adam Goldberg – Goldberg’s flexibility is perfect for a backup.  As long as he stays out of the starting lineup for multiple games at a time, the Rams will be fine.

Backup: Hank Fraley – Fraley stays because he can play center and both guard positions.  As with Goldberg, at this point in his career, he is better off as a backup and filling in occasionally.

Backup: Renardo Foster – Foster will back up both tackle positions and has done well when called on for spot starts.  Foster is a valuable asset as a depth tackle for the Rams.

On The Bubble: Drew Miller – Miller got hurt against the Chiefs, but also has the flexibility the Rams covet in backup offensive linemen.  He’s listed as a center, but I believe he can also play guard.

On The Bubble: Quinn Ojinnaka – Quinn shares a number this year, which is never a good sign for the player’s ability to make the squad, but with 6 years experience, Ojinnaka is more than a rookie free agent.  However, Quinn is behind Foster and Goldberg on the backup tackle depth chart and could find himself on the outside looking in.

Practice Squad: Randall HuntMike took a look at Randall Hunt here.  He would be a good fit as injury insurance for the middle of the offensive line on the practice squad.

Practice Squad: Ryan Miller – Tackle/Guard Ryan Miller may be back on the Practice Squad this year after spending part of last year on the Practice Squad.

Released: Kevin Hughes & Cody Habben – Hughes and Habben are not more than a camp bodies and both should be looking for a job come final cutdown day.


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  2. TobG says:

    Kevin Hughes is more than a camp body. He’ll make the practice squad.

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