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Los Angeles Rams’ 2019 OL review: Some concerns and a few bright spots

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Joseph Noteboom, 2-year pro, 2-year/$1,726,0215 contract

The hype around Noteboom was unreal. He took over veteran guard Rodger Saffold’s spot and sat out the entire preseason to preserve him. Much like Allen, that didn’t help much since he suffered a season-ending ACL and MCL tear during the Week 6 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Noteboom’s injury proved to be devastating because the Rams were unable to recover during that game. For what he actually played, he performed decent but far from perfect. Still, we knew coming into the season that Noteboom’s first season as a starter would have some growing pains. McVay is still confident in his ability.

The massive frame of Noteboom makes him an intriguing option for guard or tackle on the offensive line. Expect McVay to continue to cross-train him and other offensive linemen to shift around. Depending on the decisions at tackle, Noteboom could continue to be the starter at guard considering he’s healthy at the start of the 2020 season.

David Edwards, 1-year pro, 3-year/$2,088,390 contract

The rookie Edwards began the season primarily on the inactive list as a healthy scratch. Once Noteboom went down, the Rams brought Edwards to the active roster, but he still served a reserved role behind Jamil Demby. That proved to be a huge mistake.

Edwards debuted in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. He had the difficult task of guarding Grady Jarrett, but did well all things considered. He ended up starting at guard for the rest of the season and became one of the Rams’ more reliable blockers. It’s a good thing that McVay cross-trained Edwards since he came into the NFL as a tackle.

This creates a good outlook on the future at the offensive line. Even if the Noteboom returns healthy and regains the starting guard position, Edwards likely solidified his starting role moving forward. This means, that Edwards will likely take the vacant guard spot and this could serve the Rams well if they are able to retain Blythe at center.

Austin Corbett, 3-year pro, 2-year/$3,784,000 contract

Corbett at first glance, was one of the more underwhelming mid-season trades. The Rams traded a 2021 fifth round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Corbett. This trade came after Noteboom went down for the season and Allen continued to struggle. It seemed like Corbett may serve primarily as a backup to Allen, but once familiarized with the offense, he became the starting guard. Blythe eventually took over at center.

While Corbett made some mistakes, he turned out to be a quality starter. He did require help from tight ends like Johnny Mundt and Tyler Higbee, but not bad for someone that was not utilized at all on a terrible Browns offense.

Moving forward, the Rams are going to want to hang on to Corbett. His experience alone is intriguing and if he continues to progress at guard, the Rams could potentially move someone like Noteboom around the offensive line. Also, if the Rams cannot hold on to Blythe, Corbett could challenge Allen for the starting center spot. Although, he did seem to perform better as a guard. Still, this logjam of offensive linemen is exciting moving into the 2020 season.

Jamil Demby, 2-year pro, 1-year/$660,000 contract

The Rams were lacking depth on the offensive line and evidence is them keeping Demby after a horrid preseason performance. In fact, despite the thinness at the position, many suspected the Rams would cut Demby. That said, he remained on the roster and was initially expected to replace Noteboom after he went down with an injury. Well, he played just as horrible in the preseason and possibly worse. It came to the point where McVay used David Edwards out of position. Luckily, Edwards panned out, but the Rams should really try to move on from Demby. Though, he still has one more year left on his contract.

Chandler Brewer, 1-year pro, 1-year/$585,000 contract

Brewer didn’t make the final roster after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He eventually signed on to the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster later in the year. Brewer is still raw and will likely have to compete against the 2020 undrafted free agents to remain on the team. That said, his size and experience is intriguing.

Jeremiah Kolone, 2-year pro, signed a future contract

Kolone initially came to the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and bounced on-and-off the practice squad. He pretty much did the same in 2019. Basically, the most action happened during the preseason and wasn’t all that impressive. Expect him to compete for a spot again with the incoming 2020 undrafted free agents.

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