Rams’ offensive line prepared to guard Matthew Stafford after poor Week 1

By Eric D Williams
FOX Sports activities NFC West Author

Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Coleman Shelton stated it plainly when requested about his group’s effort within the crew’s season-opening loss to the buffalo payments.

“We have to maintain Matthew [Stafford] clear,” Shelton stated. “That is the purpose shifting ahead. And we will give it all the pieces we have got.”

The Tremendous Bowl champs didn’t accomplish that purpose in opposition to the Payments. The Rams allowed seven sacks and 16 quarterback hits on Stafford. The seven sacks are a excessive mark (or a low mark) for the Rams throughout coach Sean McVay’s five-year tenure with the crew.

To make issues worse, the Payments generated constant strain by dashing simply 4 defenders all through the sport.

“They made their performs, however I feel it goes each methods,” McVay stated when requested whether or not he credit Buffalo’s defensive position taking part in nicely or his offensive line struggling final week. “After I’m it by way of the lens of the boldness and expectations that I’ve for our guys, I anticipate us to be higher. However you definitely do not wish to take away from the credit score that these guys earned, and the manufacturing they earned.”

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LA’s offensive line can be below the microscope much more in Sunday’s Week 2 contest in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons due to a reshuffling on account of accidents. Professional Bowl heart Brian Allen had knee surgical procedure and can be out from two to 4 weeks, in response to McVay. Left deal with Joe Noteboom suffered a strained MCL and can be day-to-day, placing his availability in query for Sunday. Noteboom didn’t follow on Wednesday.

Meaning the Rams’ already struggling line might have new gamers beginning at left deal with and heart in opposition to the Falcons. Alaric Jackson is slated to switch Noteboom at left deal with, whereas Shelton will transfer from proper guard to heart. Tremayne Anchrum Jr. will get his first NFL begin, filling the void at proper guard.

Shelton made two spot begins at heart rather than Allen final yr, so he is accustomed to defending Stafford. Nevertheless, Shelton is a left-handed snapper, which is a bit totally different.

Jackson, an undrafted rookie from Iowa who signed with the Rams after the 2021 draft, performed most of a Week 16 win at Minnesota final season with Andrew Whitworth on the COVID-19 checklist.

“We’re doing our greatest to not change,” beginning left guard David Edwards informed reporters this week. “We’re a course of group — course of over outcomes. Our strategy this week goes to be predicated on the movie room, what we see tendently-wise and learning guys. Being ready for what they current when it comes to pressures and conditions. After which going out and taking part in. Studying from final week to this week, let’s simply exit and play and have enjoyable. And no matter occurs, occurs.”

The Rams used 5 totally different beginning offensive line combos on their approach to 12 wins final season, so McVay is used to shuffling gamers up entrance and nonetheless being an efficient offense.

“Generally till you get punched within the face, you actually discover out about folks,” McVay stated. “That is what I like in regards to the alternative to reply. That is what makes this sport so nice. Whether or not we had received it or whether or not we had misplaced it, you bought to have the ability to transfer ahead. So typically these humbling experiences, as you guys have heard me say, if you received the proper folks, they are often blessings in disguise.”

Together with fixing the offensive-line points, McVay should work out easy methods to get his offense going. The Rams managed simply 10 factors and 243 yards of whole offense final week in opposition to the Payments.

Cooper Kupp completed with 13 receptions for 128 receiving yards and a rating. Darrell Henderson totaled 73 scrimmage yards. Moreover these two, the Rams received little or no from the remainder of their playmakers.

Particularly, McVay wish to get extensive receiver Allen Robinson and operating again Cam Akers extra concerned. Robinson had one reception for 12 yards on simply two targets in his first sport with the Rams. And Akers performed simply 12 offensive snaps, posting three dashing makes an attempt for zero yards.

“After we’re at our greatest on offense, we’re getting all people concerned,” Stafford stated. “We’re making the protection defend each participant on our crew, each blade of grass on the sector. We are able to do a greater job of that. I can do a greater job of distributing the soccer to these guys, getting the fellows touches early on in video games and serving to them really feel within the rhythm of the sport.”

Akers had emerged as LA’s go-to again in his rookie season of 2020, ending with 748 yards from scrimmage in the course of the common season and one other 272 scrimmage yards within the crew’s playoff run. Then he suffered a torn Achilles tendon proper earlier than the beginning of 2021 coaching camp. When he returned on the finish of the common season for his crew’s Tremendous Bowl run, Akers was not the identical participant.

McVay stated he wish to see extra urgency from the third-year professional.

“It is a man I’ve a whole lot of confidence in,” McVay stated about Akers. “I do know he will reply the proper approach. We have completely had conversations the place it is due to the idea that I’ve, is why I am pushing him.

“The place guys needs to be frightened is that if I am not believing, if I cease teaching or do not assume you are able to it. That is after I could be involved about it. However he is a man that has all the time responded the proper approach He is a mentally robust child, and he will make performs for us.

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for greater than a decade, overlaying the Los Angeles Rams for Sports activities Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma Information Tribune. Comply with him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.

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