Sunday, December 23, 2012
Rams' offensive line shuffling in high gear
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams have started three players at left tackle, three at left guard and two at center this season.
The right side of their offensive line has been more settled, but that is going to change now that right guard Harvey Dahl is out for the season with a torn biceps.
Shelley Smith or Chris Williams will start for the Rams against Tampa Bay in Week 16, coach Jeff Fisher indicated.
If Williams gets the start, he will be the 10th different person to start on the Rams' offensive line this season, a figure that would tie Buffalo for most in the NFL. Seattle and Arizona have each started eight different players on the line. San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and the New York Jets are the only teams to start the same five all season.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold and rookie Rokevious Watkins (injured reserve) are the Rams' only offensive linemen remaining from their previous draft classes. I would expect the team to target the position in the 2013 draft.