One of the key positions needing to be triaged going in the 2012 season is left guard. Four players are being considered, but a clear solution has not materialized. Here is the pool of players from which the Rams hope to find a remedy:
Quinn Ojinnaka – drafted out of Syracruse by the Falcons in 2006 and played (mostly back up work) from 2006 – 2009. Since then he’s bounced around the league (New England, The Rams, and Indy) until resigned by the Rams in March 2012. His most productive year was back in 2007 when he played in 11 games and made 7 starts. His strength might be his versatility since he has played as LT, RG, RT, and special teams.
Robert Turner - signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico. He played for the Jets from 2007-2011. He has never established himself as a starter. Turner is also known for his versatility and has played on offense, defense, and special teams. Due to a broken ankle, Turner did not play in 2011.
Bryan Mattison – signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2008. It appears he was traded to the Ravens in 2009 where he switched from TE to guard. Mattison saw his first playing time in 2010. In 2011 he played 8 games for the Ravens before being traded to the Rams mid-season. He then started the next 4 out of 5 games with the Rams.
Rokevious Watkins – is a rookie undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. At the end of his senior year (2011) Watkins was Selected All-SEC Conference Second Team. He is known to be strong and aggressive. Watkins is a solid pass blocker who is also able to get downfield and make blocks. He is not overly athletic.
Although Watkins looks promising, our current options appear to be band-aids versus long term cures. Over the course of training camp and preseason hopefully Coach Paul Boudreau can coach up one of these athletes to successfully fill this need.