The St. Louis Rams haven’t had stability on the offensive line since Orlando Pace held the left tackle position, and in recent years carrying double digit linemen on the 53-man roster has become commonplace. Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have tried to remedy the situation by drafting Greg Robinson, re-signing Roger Saffold, and recently signing Davin Joseph. If healthy, the Rams offensive line could be a force that even the rugged NFC West defenses will fear.
The success of the offensive line lies heavily on the shoulders of left tackle, Jake Long. If Long can stay healthy, the Rams have more than a chance to be formidable. The acquisition of Joseph, though, could present the Rams with a very good problem. Before a knee injury he was a two time Pro Bowl guard. If Joseph can get back into pre-injury form, the depth chart could look a quite a bit different than one might expect.
Joseph and Saffold could hold down the guard positions and Robinson, if capable, could move out to right tackle. More likely though, Saffold, who is a capable tackle, would move outside, allowing Joseph and Robinson to handle the guard duties.
Jeff Fisher expressed his belief that Saffold has Pro Bowl potential at guard. Also, Scott Wells has been to a Pro Bowl, Joseph (as mentioned) has two under his belt, Long’s been to four and all signs point to Robinson being a Pro Bowl talent. The Rams could send five Pro Bowl linemen out to bulldoze defenses in 2014.
Joe Barksdale, who will likely play right tackle, is a very promising option if Joseph is not able to return to top form. Rams fans shouldn’t be disappointed if Barksdale starts 16 games this year, as he’s just yet another piece on a suddenly deep offensive line.