May 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams center Robert Turner (59) walks off the field during an OTA at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Rams had more offensive line combinations than potential PowerBall numbers last season, or so it seemed. That trend continued into the preseason this year. The projected starting five have yet to make an appearance together, and that will not happen Thursday night either with right guard Harvey Dahl out of action.
More playing time for the backups stands out as a nice silver lining of the Rams' rotating offensive line.
Center Scott Wells returned to the field last week against the Cowboys. Robert Turner, who filled in admirably in Wells' absence, will get another turn with the starting unit at right guard against the Ravens on Thursday night, according to Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch. Turner has the backup center job locked down should Wells miss any time.
Last week, Bryan Mattison subbed in for Dahl. He was at one point projected for the starting left guard job, which has been primarily occupied by Quinn Ojinnaka. That spot could look a little different this week too.
Ojinnaka is going to get some looks at offensive tackle, as the Rams try and sort out the order behind starters Rodger Saffold and Barry Richardson. Rokevious Watkins and Jose Valdez could get some work with the starters among the guard spots as well.
The takeaway here is that the Rams are still sorting out the depth chart all over their offensive line. Entering camp, left guard was the one spot that lacked an expected starter. I get the sense that's still the case. I still will not be surprised to see Watkins in there come Week 1, but Mattison or Turner could sneak into the mix as well.
Who will be the Rams starting left guard in Week 1?
Quinn Ojinnaka (188 votes)
Rok Watkins (208 votes)
Robert Turner (72 votes)
Bryan Mattison (17 votes)
Jose Valdez (9 votes)
494 total votes