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2017 Rams Roster Preview: Jamon Brown, Ready To Go Ham?

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Big Ham enters the starting lineup again in 2017...but this year, it’s as the team’s right tackle.

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After being projected to enter the 2016 season as the team’s starting right guard, Los Angeles Rams OL Jamon Brown seemed to have been in a mysterious doghouse/injury situation as he couldn’t lock down the starting job. In Week 1 in 2016, OL Cody Wichmann started in place of Brown even though Jamon had started every game in the preseason.

Brown and Wichmann rotated and as injuries occured siphoning Brown in and out of the starting lineup. Keep in mind, Brown had suffered a broken leg in 2015; maybe he still wasn’t the same player as he rehabbed from the gruesome injury chasing down an interception.

Surprisingly this offseason, Brown usurped the starting right tackle gig from Greg Robinson before the offseason program had even ended. Two weeks later, Robinson was traded to the Detroit Lions. Once GRob vacated, many assumed Rob Havenstein and Brown would line up at right tackle and right guard respectively but entering camp, Brown is still listed as the starting tackle.

Roster Battle

Regardless of what position he ends up at, it seems as the new coaching staff has faith in Brown at a starter level. Though my personal opinion is that he ends up back at guard as he is shorter and fits the guard’s body type a bit more (stockier and shorter), Brown’s spot seems to be relatively safe in the lineup.

Expectations

I expect Brown to start over Wichmann this season. Whether he is at right tackle or right guard, he will be an important piece to the Rams offensive turnaround.

Chances of Making the Final Roster (10/10)

Brown has been entrenched in the starting lineup all OTAs and likely is one of the “young talent” that new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer mentioned. Expect him to be one of the starting offensive linemen.