NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams

     

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Rams

A big reason the Rams offense took such a large step back in 2019 was the drop in performance from the offensive line. Injuries and transition hit the unit hard. While the unit was expected to be an area the Rams looked to address in the draft, especially at left tackle where there’s no clear heir to Andrew Whitworth, Rams GM Les Snead says the offensive line situation isn’t viewed as direly inside the building. 

“We did go into [the draft] probably a little different than maybe the outside of our building where, ‘OK, hey, it’s a major, major glaring weakness,'” Snead said via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. “We felt confident that if we continue grooming and developing these players, they’d have a chance to become a really solid offensive line.”

Whitworth and OT Rob Havenstein will hold their starting jobs on either side of the line, though Havenstein might have to fend off a challenge after he was hurt and his play slipped in 2019. Los Angeles re-signed OL Austin Blythe to start at either center or guard and bring back 2019 starters G Joseph Noteboom and C Brian Allen, each of whom missed time due to injury.

If neither are healthy, the Rams also drafted Bobby Evans and David Edwards in the third and fifth-rounds last year, each of whom can play tackle or guard and figure to push for playing time, along with former second-round G Austin Corbett who arrived via midseason trade from the Browns. 

“We know we have players that can play, but it’s about finding ways to get the best five on there,” Rams HC Sean McVay said. “Certain guys might have a little bit more position flex.”

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