OL Rob Havenstein will be a starter for the Los Angeles Rams. The only question is where?
Hav posted an amazing rookie season in which he was the only OT in the NFL to play 12+ games and not give up a sack:
#Rams Rob Havenstein was the only OT to play 12+ games and not give up a single sack in 2015.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 10, 2016
Havenstein took a slight step back in 2016 as he battled injuries in the preseason and tried to fight through the pain. Starting 15 games in 2016, Havenstein was the consistent cog of the offensive line. Despite his injuries, he likely was one of the better linemen out of the group.
All that being said, now the new coaching staff is looking to move Havenstein to right guard. At 6’8”, Havenstein would be one of the tallest guards in the NFL. Frankly, I don’t think it’s best to have Havenstein at guard since his play style is more suited at tackle and Jamon Brown’s is more suited for guard.
There is no battle for Havenstein. He doesn’t have any drafted players to worry about or look over his shoulder for competition. He’s a lock to start whether it’s on the interior or at tackle.
Havenstein was expected to solidify one of the bookends for the Rams offensive line last season. He did that, but the unit as a whole was still very lackluster.
This season, the expectation will be to get back to his rookie level of play, if not better.
Chances of Making Final Roster (10/10)
This is an easy one. Havenstein should be a starter on day one and will be likely the second-best lineman on the offensive front behind LT Andrew Whitworth.