Advertisement
Rams

Meet the Rams: A game of musical chairs awaits the offensive line

Meet the Rams: A game of musical chairs with the offensive line
Left tackle Greg Robinson is seen the first day of training camp in Irvine on July 30.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

As the Rams get to work at training camp at UC Irvine, we’ll take a look at the team’s roster, position by position. Today, the offensive line:

There’s a special place for the biggest players on an NFL roster: the offensive line.

Once the rosters are set, the Rams’ starting line will likely average over 6-feet-4 in height and weigh about 321 pounds each.

The bigger the better when it comes to protecting a quarterback, or instilling your will in the run game. 

Advertisement

As coaches like to say: “You can’t teach size.”

Meet the Rams: Linebackers »

Meet the Rams: Defensive line »

Sports
Final steel beam placed in new Rams stadium construction On Now
Final steel beam placed in new Rams stadium construction
Carlos Balderas of the USA Olympic Boxing team On Now
Carlos Balderas of the USA Olympic Boxing team
2016 US Open of Surfing On Now
2016 US Open of Surfing
Rams open training camp in Irvine On Now
Video: Rams open training camp in Irvine
Rams receiver Tavon Auston, “We in Cali” On Now
Rams receiver Tavon Auston, "We in Cali"
Behind the scenes: Creating Olympians’ portraits On Now
Behind the scenes: Creating Olympians' portraits
Rams training camp from a St. Louis perspective On Now
Rams training camp from a St. Louis perspective
Rams Trumaine Johnson back home in California On Now
Rams Trumaine Johnson back home in California
Kanoa Igarashi: Huntington Beach is the first Asian-American surfer to qualify for the World Surf League’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour. On Now
Kanoa Igarashi: Huntington Beach is the first Asian-American surfer to qualify for the World Surf League's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour.
Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry recap Rams training camp Day 2 On Now
Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry recap Rams training camp Day 2

Advertisement

Last year, the Rams gave up the fewest sacks (18), though they also ran the fewest plays.

At the same time, the offensive line created holes in the defense big enough for rookie running back Todd Gurley to sprint for 1,106 yards. But Gurley wasn’t the only rookie involved.

Rookie linemen made 31 of the team’s 80 offensive line starts in 2015.

No. 76 RT/LG Rodger Saffold, 6-foot-5, 332 pounds

Saffold, 28, was a second-round pick out of Indiana in 2010. In six seasons, he’s started 65 of the 68 games he’s appeared in for the Rams.

Saffold has made starts at both guard and tackle positions. He was expected to re-take the starting job at left guard after losing most of last season to a shoulder injury.

Meet the Rams: Receivers »

Meet the Rams: Tight ends »

Advertisement

Meet the Rams: Running backs »

However, with second-year pro Rob Havenstein out with a foot injury, Saffold will play on the other side at right tackle.

Saffold is under contract through the 2018 season despite agreeing to terms on a five-year deal with the Raiders in 2014. Then, the lineman failed a physical with Oakland and returned to the Rams where he was re-signed.

No. 73 LT Greg Robinson, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds

Robinson, 23, is already entering his third season in the league out of Auburn.

As a rookie, Robinson started as a backup, became the starter at left guard and then had to move to left tackle when Jake Long went down with an injury.

The former No. 2 overall pick started at left tackle all 16 games last season, but he was the second-most penalized player.

Robinson was flagged 16 times for assorted offenses including holding, false starts and a chop block.

Advertisement

No. 79 RT Rob Havenstein, 6-foot-7, 321 pounds

Havenstein, 24, started at right tackle in all 13 of the games he played in last season.

The second-round pick out of Wisconsin was consensus first-team All-Big 10 his senior season in 2014. 

Havenstein headed into training camp as the incumbent starter at right tackle and ended up getting put on the PUP list because of a foot injury.

Coach Jeff Fisher has described his status as “week to week [or] day-to-day,” according to the team’s website.

No. 68 RG/LG Jamon Brown, 6-foot-4, 323 pounds

Brown, 23, made nine starts as a rookie, switching between both guard spots.

The former third-round pick out of Louisville suffered a broken leg during Week 9 against the Chicago Bears while trying to make a tackle.

No. 69 LG Cody Wichmann, 6-foot-5, 319 pounds

Wichmann, 24, will take Saffold’s place at left guard while the veteran is covering for the injured Havenstein at right tackle. 

Wichmann, a sixth-round pick out of Fresno State in 2015, got starts at both guard positions as a rookie. 

Other offensive linemen: No. 61 C Tim Barnes, No. 71 LG Garrett Reynolds, No. 66 LG David Arkin, No. 64 RT Andrew Donnal, No. 67 C Brian Folkerts, No. 60 C Eric Kush, No. 72 LT Pace Murphy, No. 65 RG Demetrius Rhaney, No. 77 LT/RT Isaiah Battle, No. 63 LT Darrell Williams

Follow Matt Wilhalme on Twitter @mattwilhalme

MORE FROM SPORTS

A harrowing road to Rio: Refugees who fled violence at home compete under the Olympic flag

Olympic dreams can end quickly, and the regret that follows can be difficult to take

Ross Stripling and Dodgers shut down the Red Sox, 3-0


Newsletter
Get our daily Sports Report newsletter
Advertisement