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Austin Blythe looks to be the Week 1 (and 2) starter at right guard for the LA Rams

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The versatile backup is getting the nod as a starter in Weeks 1 and 2

Los Angeles Rams C Austin Blythe walks with OT Darrell Williams during the Rams’ Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals, December 3, 2017.
Los Angeles Rams C Austin Blythe walks with OT Darrell Williams during the Rams’ Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals, December 3, 2017.
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The Los Angeles Rams’ starters are as healthy as can be as a result of the head coach Sean McVay opting to sit them during preseason play. It’s unfortunate, however, that they won’t have the entirety of their starting line up on the field in Week 1 when they take on the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Starting right guard Jamon Brown, while healthy, while miss the first two games of the 2018 season after it was announced in July that he’d been suspended for violating the leagues policy on substance abuse. As a result, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and company are banking on a backup to step up in his stead. It sounds as if they’ve identified their man:

I wrote up this roster preview on Austin Blythe in early July, giving him a 9 out of 10 chance of making the final roster. Not everyone agreed. And ultimately, per usual, I was wrong. His chances are 10 out of 10 and I should’ve known it.